Do I need to trim these? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Hops Growing > Do I need to trim these?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-22-2008, 01:43 AM   #1
Jonnio
 
Jonnio's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Posts: 1,509
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts



Ok, so each hop plant has at most 3 bines coming out of the ground, but from there they are going crazy

My 2 Willamette


Another view of the Williamette


a single plant in a different container
__________________
------------------------------------------------
Official member of HBAMAP (Home Brewers Against Murder and Pedophilia)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
Then that means dumping your beer because you think it's bad is tantamount to abortion! And as Big Kahuna says, drinking a beer too soon is tatamount to beer pedophilia...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2008, 02:06 AM   #2
FishinDave07
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
South Florida
Posts: 1,364
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Heck yeah my junk is trimmed .

Seriously, i've heard that its recommended to trim the lower sidearms so that air circulates and you don't accumulate sitting water that might bring on some mildew.
__________________
Primary: Nothing
Secondary: DFH Punkin Ale
Bottled/Conditioning: Cigar City Jai Alai IPA Clone, Apple Jack 1.0, Apple Jack 2.0
Drinking: Yakima Blonde (Imperialized), Banana Wheat, Russian Imperial Stout, and anything i can get my hands on
On Deck: Watermelon Wheat, Red Panda Ale, Gluten Free Brown Ale, Mojito IPA, Smoked Pepper Stout

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2008, 02:07 AM   #3
Dr Vorlauf
 
Dr Vorlauf's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Lehigh Valley,PA
Posts: 534
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts


I thought by the title this would be in the Boneyard.
__________________
Veritas vos Liberabit

Quote:
Originally Posted by chefmike View Post
Dr. Vorlauf.... you are a scary, scary man. Kimchee?!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2008, 12:35 PM   #4
CatchinZs
 
CatchinZs's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2007
Carlisle, PA
Posts: 408
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


One of my nuggets did the same thing (The other is a super slow starter. Maybe next year it will take off.)

This year I really only cut off the bines that were covered the ground around the base of the plant. I wanted to let the roots get as much nutrients as possible. Next year I'm going to try and limit the number of bines as I've found that some of them literally choked of the early bines, killing one or two, as the new growth climbed my trellis line.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2008, 05:54 PM   #5
ron1guz
Recipes 
 
Jan 2007
Posts: 63

Wow, I am amazed at how they grow side ways. Do you continue to train them?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2008, 11:22 PM   #6
Jonnio
 
Jonnio's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Posts: 1,509
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by ron1guz View Post
Wow, I am amazed at how they grow side ways. Do you continue to train them?
It's hard to tell from the pictures, but they actually have about 5' of rise over a 15' or so run, so its got enough upslope to (for the most part) keep them going up on their own.
__________________
------------------------------------------------
Official member of HBAMAP (Home Brewers Against Murder and Pedophilia)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
Then that means dumping your beer because you think it's bad is tantamount to abortion! And as Big Kahuna says, drinking a beer too soon is tatamount to beer pedophilia...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2008, 11:15 AM   #7
EvilTOJ
 
EvilTOJ's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2005
Portland, OR, Oregon
Posts: 6,401
Liked 50 Times on 35 Posts


Are those all sidearms, or are they new shoots coming out of the planters? It's hard to do, but if they're new shoots you should trim all but the biggest and strongest bines. It will force the plant to make more cones when they finally start blooming.
__________________
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2008, 11:42 AM   #8
Jonnio
 
Jonnio's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Posts: 1,509
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


Most of them are sidearms that come off the main 3 bines. I trimmed them up a little, but will do a more exhaustive search for additional bines this weekend.

I guess that is assuming that sidearms grow very long and want to climb as well.
__________________
------------------------------------------------
Official member of HBAMAP (Home Brewers Against Murder and Pedophilia)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
Then that means dumping your beer because you think it's bad is tantamount to abortion! And as Big Kahuna says, drinking a beer too soon is tatamount to beer pedophilia...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2008, 02:54 PM   #9
7Enigma
Recipes 
 
Apr 2008
Havertown PA
Posts: 373
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Why do you have plastic bags over the surface of the containers? That is an invitation for disaster even with your drip irrigation setup (anaerobic soil, mold, root rot, etc.). Unless you were doing that temporarily during a storm/etc. I would remove them ASAP. I wouldn't necessarily cut off all of the side arms near the base since it's a first year plant, but I would trim away a good bit of the LEAVES near the base to allow for better airflow. That's what I did and it allowed for more cone production while still allowing for circulation near the base.

HTH

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2008, 07:38 PM   #10
Jonnio
 
Jonnio's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Posts: 1,509
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


The bags are there to make a nearly closed system. It is necessary to keep the moisture level of the soil correct. Basically the hop roots are contained in a self watering, self fertilizing, highly aerated environment, sealed off from most outside influence (air is allowed to enter from beneath the roots). I think it is why they are able to do so well in the crappy Alabama climate.
__________________
------------------------------------------------
Official member of HBAMAP (Home Brewers Against Murder and Pedophilia)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
Then that means dumping your beer because you think it's bad is tantamount to abortion! And as Big Kahuna says, drinking a beer too soon is tatamount to beer pedophilia...

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
PSA: Trim your IC lines! Alamo_Beer Equipment/Sanitation 9 07-28-2008 09:30 PM
Side arms - to trim or not to trim? Danek Hops Growing 3 05-12-2008 11:55 AM
Can you trim a fermometer without ruining it? newB_newyorker Equipment/Sanitation 3 09-18-2007 05:39 AM


Forum Jump