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Old 04-07-2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default Early growth from 2nd Year Hop

Last year I cut my bines back to ground level, some even poking up an inch of two. All of the emerging grow thus far is coming off of these bine and not from the "crown" below.
Is this okay or should I cut them back deeper in the ground?
At the end of this season should I cut the bines off deeper?


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Old 04-07-2013, 07:04 PM   #2
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Usually, those buds have formed by the time you cut the vines down in the Fall but many folks don't look close enough to actually see them. They lay dormant until this time and are the first to 'pop' and can give very irregular growth. For various reasons it can be beneficial to remove those early shoots and let the ones located lower on the crown be the ones that climb and make hops for you. The lower buds will continue to emerge over the course of the next couple weeks and some older crowns may continue to throw new shoots for a couple months. How you decide to manage the situation is up to you.

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