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Old 05-24-2013, 01:32 PM   #1
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I picked up two Cascade rhizome earlier in the year but because our winter here in Minnesota never ended (and me being fairly lazy) I just got around to building my hop trellis and planting them. Fingers crossed that all that time they spent in my fridge didn't kill them off.

Thought I'd share some photos.

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1 - 16' 4x4 pressured treated
2 - 10' 2x4 pressure treated
1 - 12' 2x10 pressure treated
8 - 3/8x3" lag screws
Handful deck screws
6 - eye bolts
2 - carabiners clasps
1 - 50 foot length of 1/4" sisal








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Old 05-24-2013, 01:43 PM   #2
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Looks great! I love the Craftsman-style chamfer on the cross beams. Something very classic about it.

Questions:

How many plants will this support?

What sort of yield will these hop plants have?

You guys posting make hop farming seem so simple even a "black thumb" like me could do it. So...what's the catch?

BTW I want to see more pics as the plants start growing.

 
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:44 PM   #3
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Nice looking! How deep is that 4x4? Did you use concrete to secure it?

 
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:56 PM   #4
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Also wondering the depth and how many rhizomes you have there. I think the original post said 2 but I'd be interested to know. Sweet setup
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:51 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses guys. I'm definitely counting on the old adage that hops grow like weeds cause I most definitely not a green thumb I'm hoping a little bit of water, lots of sunlight and just a little tending no my part will do the trick.

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How many plants will this support?

What sort of yield will these hop plants have?
As to how many it will support I could see it realistically supporting up to four but for now I just went with two rhizomes. Both Cascade. Figure to see how it goes. As to the yield your guess is as good as mine

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Nice looking! How deep is that 4x4? Did you use concrete to secure it?
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Also wondering the depth and how many rhizomes you have there. I think the original post said 2 but I'd be interested to know. Sweet setup
I put the post 2.5 feet into the ground. I did pour a small base of quikrete cement at the bottom but am relying mostly on the heavy clay that we live on to do most of the support. If it falls over I guess I'll try again

I'll update this thread as the summer continues on to see how things go!

 
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:24 PM   #6
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Subscribed...no time this year, but next summer I'd like to try my hand a hops...

If you have any notes or pictures from construction to share that would be awesome!!

 
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:26 PM   #7
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Looks good.

But i have to ask, why not just go the easy route and string twine up to some eye bolts screwed into your eaves there and get the extra 4-5 feet of height and not have to ever build anything?

 
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:53 PM   #8
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Looks good.

But i have to ask, why not just go the easy route and string twine up to some eye bolts screwed into your eaves there and get the extra 4-5 feet of height and not have to ever build anything?
Where is the fun in that?

 
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:48 AM   #9
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It has been almost two months since I built my trellis and planted my hops. I thought I'd take some new photos to show the progress.

First thing that really surprised me is the amount of twisting that the 4x4 post did.



The base of the post is still square to my house but the top half is twisted almost like a plant looking for the sun.



For awhile I thought that one of my rhizomes had sat in the fridge to long and had died off. The one that did pop up right away and has been growing pretty steadily. I'd say it is about seven feet tall now.






That said I was pleasantly surprised when my second bud popped out of the dirt and is now starting to make its way to the rope.



Onward and upward!

 
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:32 AM   #10
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Got some hop cones budding


The one rhizome continues to grow, the second being much more the slow grower.


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