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Old 02-29-2008, 04:37 PM   #1
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It seems if one is looking for a high quality outdoor rope, Dacron seems to be the most revered for durability. My question, anybody know if this is suitable for use with plants like hops?

 
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:30 AM   #2
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I don't see why not. I've never heard of Dacron, but if the tensile strength is good enough and it won't leach chemicals into the plants, it should be fine. How does it hold up to UV rays?
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See that's the thing. Its supposed to be the best with UV, moisture... I guess it's an adapted form of polyestester rope. I read that its actually PET. I think if thats true, than there would be no risk of leaching chemicals, but that is really my concern.

 
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:43 PM   #4
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I suspect there are good reasons all commercial hop growers stick with natural materials.
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:46 PM   #5
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Would the hops be able to grip onto a polyester rope? Wouldn't that potentially be too slippery? I mean, it's only got to be durable enough for one season, then rip it down and start fresh the next season.
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:24 PM   #6
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I think the factors with commercial growing would be:
1 - Cost
2 - Labor to clean and reuse
To me, I'd like to have a permanent solution and I dont mind taking the time once a year to clean them.

 
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This guy uses nylon, but I wouldn't mind spending a couple more bucks for something that would last longer.

 
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:26 PM   #8
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I bet after 1 year you would replace them anyways. IMHO they will get somewhat nasty under all of those bines. Harvest the cones and throw it all in the burn pile. You don't want to be cleaning rope.
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