The previous owner of my house grew hops. I wanted to start growing hops, and was quite excited to see his hops sprout out of the ground in the Spring.
Once they were a few feet long, I put a string up for them to climb. The string goes up to the top of my porch, which is nearly 20 foot.
The hops grew almost a foot a day for the last two weeks and have now surpassed the top of the string.
And, they are still growing. There is about five foot of hop top that is twining around, trying to find a place to go, but getting nowhere.
What should I do? How tall is too tall?
Any higher and I won't be able to harvest them without borrowing a longer ladder.
I feel bad, because they want to keep growing. Can I train them down? Or should I look into training them across the top of my porch?
And I still have no clue what type of hops they are, I probably never will know what they are. Except, I suspect he planted a bittering hop, rather than an aromatic hop *sigh*. Why grow the one you can buy cheaply, rather than the expensive one I will never understand. Then again, I might end up getting lucky!
Thanks for the tips!