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Old 03-12-2011, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default Best line, rope or twine for hops to climb

So about 7 of my hop plants have bines sprouting and about half of the plants are 3 year olds, the rest are two year olds. Last year I used some 1/4 hemp twine and for the most part it was ok. Since I need more line this year any recommendations? The hemp line seems to sag after a while, can rot and potentially harbor some nasties, is not the easiest to work with and can be a bit pricey if you need a couple hundred feet.

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Lots of folks use hemp since it is biodegradeable.

Germans use thin wire they loop around a steel cable strung horizontally 20 feet off the ground. The thin wire will rust where it is looped over the growing season and when it comes time to harvest, they grab the bine and give it a tug and the whole thing drops down. Works pretty well.
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