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Old 07-25-2013, 06:04 PM   #1
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Nylon climbing rope okay for hops?

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Old 07-26-2013, 12:05 AM   #2
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It might be ok.. you need some good twine that's "hairy" so the rough texture of the bines can grab onto

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Old 07-26-2013, 12:51 AM   #3
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I have always used twine, I haven't tried a thicker / smother rope. My guess is it'd work, the bines grip pretty good.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:24 AM   #4
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It would be a waste to use good rope IMO. With twine, you can cut it down at the end of the year and restring more next year. I'm using 12+ year old twine that was made into square bales when my parents still had cows. You can't beat recycled and free.

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Old 07-26-2013, 03:19 PM   #5
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Climbers rope is what couple bucks a foot?

Twine is a couple bucks per 100ft, no reason to go all fancy!
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:30 PM   #6
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Yeah, that looks like overkill.

I've been using this stuff since I started growing last year, and even on my windy third- and fourth-floor balconies in an apartment, it's been plenty strong:

It gets a little grungy, but at under $6 a roll, you can just string up fresh lines next year; you'll probably spend more per bine on water.

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Old 07-26-2013, 10:57 PM   #7
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If you can find a box of sissel rope it works really well and is cheap!

Landscapers and nurserymen use it to tie up plants and ball up plant material.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:37 AM   #8
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Sisal, or even better, Coir. The latter seems near indestructible, I'm on my third season and for sure I'll get at least a fourth out of my drops...


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Old 07-29-2013, 04:59 PM   #9
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I use your standard jute twine for my first years, laced two ropes together now that the buds are showing, the 4 plants weigh around 60 pounds and have broken the twine twice. That looks like the cheapo rope you get from harbor freight, I'll probably be using that next year, wouldn't recommend the cheap 8 pound breaking strength twine you pick up at ace. It's not to fun 10 feet up in on a ladder balancing plants, tying knots, and trying to figure out how to make you rope stronger when it's to late. Next year I'm going with something that on the overkill side of things.

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Old 07-29-2013, 05:54 PM   #10
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I have only a 6ft section going from the ground to my clothes line and that lets the clothes line handle most of the weight. I did have to wrap the twine I used around the clothes line since the hops cldnt grasp the slick surface.

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