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Old 05-22-2013, 03:19 PM   #1
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So I decides to start growing hops. Well I went a little overboard on how many plants I got.

Since I don't know which ones will take and which ones will die, I got a lot. Plus they were buy 4 for the price of one at my LHBS! Has anyone ever used a tomato trellis to train them?

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Old 05-22-2013, 04:48 PM   #2
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You might get away with that for the first year, but you need some serious height for them best served with a long length of string such as twine.



 
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:49 PM   #3
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I don't know how tall the tomato trellis is but seems like most people are going with something 12-18' above grade for their structure.

I'm in same boat you are. First year plants and not sure what to do for the structure. I'm looking at using some 10' conduit (2 pieces) then stringing the wire between them and then dropping the twine down to the plant.

 
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:59 PM   #4
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For the first year your biggest issue is the root growth. They won't grow much vertically until they develop roots, but they'll easily spread within a few years to popping up all over. My 3rd year are now about 4' in each direction from the initial rhizome planting.
A tomato cage would work, if you're just looking to prove them out this year and then transplant the healthiest in the fall to a dedicated garden space. For anything after 1st year that tomato cage will be outgrown within about 2 weeks.

 
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:05 PM   #5
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Why must they go high?
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:09 PM   #6
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What about growing them like grapes at about 5' high and then go across?
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What about growing them like grapes at about 5' high and then go across?
You can, but this is not how they naturally grow so you will constantly have to train them and force them to go laterally which becomes a daily chore.

 
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:13 PM   #8
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Well as long as it is possible, I might try it.
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:29 PM   #9
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I have my first year Willamette growing about 1ft from the base of my clothes line and I plan on horizontally growing across the 20ft chords

 
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:50 PM   #10
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I have my first year Willamette growing about 1ft from the base of my clothes line and I plan on horizontally growing across the 20ft chords
That sounds like a good idea.


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