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Old 09-17-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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I just finished picking all the cones from my first year plants (I have a setup which allowed me to lower the ropes and pick all my cones without tearing down the plants themselves) and I'm wondering...

Should I cut the bines down now or leave them alone to further establish the roots? We won't get frost for another month at least. Would there be any benefit in leaving them up now that the cones are gone?

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Old 09-17-2011, 06:26 PM   #2
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Leave them up to increase the root mass. You'll see a much better harvest next year.


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Thanks for the reply... will do!
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How long do you leave the bines up for? Just let them be all winter?
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How long do you leave the bines up for? Just let them be all winter?
Cut them down after frost kills 'em, then mulch the heck out of the crown to help it get through the winter...

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I'm in the same boat with 1st year hops and also use ropes too to lower them. We already had a killing freeze at our vacation place up north, but I will get to see how they are doing this weekend.

I ammended the soil prior to planting this spring, but there still seems to be too much clay in the soil. Assuming the freeze killed the bines, is it safe to mix in some compost/top soil in the top 3" of soil (above the main root rhizo)? And then put a lot of mulch over that for overwinter protection? Or would I be better off ammending in the spring instead?

I got a minimal amount this season to use for dry hopping one batch. Next year I hope to be able to wet hope a pale ale with a larger harvest.
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I think amendments in the Fall would give the plant a head start in early Spring when the ground is too mushy to work...

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I think amendments in the Fall would give the plant a head start in early Spring when the ground is too mushy to work...

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A good mulch layer will also give you a jump on Winter Annual weeds. Ask me why the trailer ia already hooked to the truck for Leaf Mulch and Compost runs this weekend.... well for the garlic too, but Hops first.
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how thick of a layer do you cover the hops crown with for wintering? We get snow here... Is 4-6" too much? Will it grow through all that next spring?

Do I leave the bines up or cut them down?
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after my harvest i usually cut em back so only 15-24" remains in my area soon after harvest it gets so cold and damp i start to get molds and fungus that i did not have to worry about in the summer. cutting to the height mentioned above seems to eliminate any problems. then after first killing frost i cut down to 1" and mulch the snot outa em. occasonally adding a slow release fertilizer as well.


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