From the HBD Archive
From: (Donald P Perley)
Subject: Training Hops - Up Or Out ?
Date: 1992-04-01 14:53:49 GMT

>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.

Since you are harvesting flowers, not fruit, is more light on the
flower helpful? You aren't really dealing with ripeness.

>From pictures I have seen of commercial hop picking, and what I do
myself, the usual procedure is to take the whole plant down
for harvest. A horizontal trellis would be an unnecessary complication
at harvest time, unless you also want the shade.

-don perley

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