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Old 10-12-2011, 02:57 AM   #11
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Insects can sometimes be a problem, but not serious. Fungus can be a more serious problem if your soil is too wet. Other animals don't like hops because of the texture. They shouldn't be a problem.

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Old 10-13-2011, 11:05 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by SimonSays_BREW
How about animals? I can't grow any type of fruit or veg around my house. My back garden can be like an animal sanctuary at times. I wouldn't imagine they would eat hops, but I thought they wouldn't eat hot peppers and they did.
I wrapped rabbit fencing around the bine when it first appeared. After it was a good 5 ft tall I removed it. Apparently the cones are too bitter for most animals. Can speak about deer but the rabbits and chipmunks didn't touch mine.

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Old 10-13-2011, 11:19 PM   #13
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Like browncoat said, you need to protect them from animals at least until you get the bines strung up. Deer and farm animals will nibble the shoots in spring if they are unprotected....at least they will in my neighborhood because there are tons of deer looking for food. Once you get them stung up about 4-5 feet tall they may eat some lower leaves, but they probably won't destroy the bine.
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