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Old 10-15-2010, 05:08 PM   #21
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Lol, I got a funny image in my head from that post. Its worth a try, but those hops don't give a damn about whats in their way. They will grow, and grow they do.
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:47 PM   #22
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Do you think that you could train the bines to start growing back down the rope, or will they naturally want to keep growing up?

 
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Old 10-15-2010, 06:18 PM   #23
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No. You can't even really train them to grow horizontally. The hops want to grow-up. Don't be trying to growth them "topsie-turvie" style like tomatoes!

If you have a 20 ft pole you don't need to worry about this. The hop cones grow on the side arms that are produced after the initial shoot-up in the beginning of growing season. There is still vertical growth, but the side arms are where the magic is. This is why it will be a tangly mess at the top of the teepee pole, the side arms growing in each other.

But since you will more than likely be harvesting all at once b/c of your shorter growing season up there (SD, right?), you just bring them down all at once and start picking them when they are on the ground.
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:46 PM   #24
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What i meant by training them to grow downwards, is when they get to the top, take the bines and wrap them to start growing back down the rope when they are reached the top.

 
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Old 10-16-2010, 01:02 AM   #25
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Yeah, I don't think they will do that.
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