From the HBD Archive
From: Richard Childers <rchilder@us.oracle.com>
Subject: Training Hops - Up Or Out ?
Date: 1992-03-30 19:30:28 GMT

"Date: Fri, 27 Mar 92 14:14:50 PST
From: rush@xanadu.llnl.gov (Alan Edwards)
Subject: hop vines: vertical or horizontal?

"David Van Iderstine mentioned in HBD #851 that hops should be trained
sideways, and not up. This has raised a good question. It seems to be
conventional wisdom that they should be trained straight up--about 20
feet up in fact. Maybe the big-time hop farmers only do this to save
space and grow more hops per acre. Maybe they would indeed grow better
if they were trained horizontally. Maybe it doesn't matter, as long as
they get plenty of sun."

The conventional wisdom - and this applies to tomatoes and other plants,
also - is that a trellis guiding shoots laterally gives easier access to
the resulting fruit, as well as increasing exposure to light on a per-
flower basis, since you don't have lower fruits shadowed by those above.

- -- richard

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