From the HBD Archive
From: hplabs!polstra!norm (Norm Hardy)
Subject: Hop growing
Date: 1990-05-04 05:00:44 GMT

In Seattle my hops are healthy and climbing.
One of the Hallertauers is up to 10 feet already. The rest are 2-3 feet.

They seem to work better climbing string than wood poles. I stake a piece of
wood into the ground, secure the string and tie it to the top of the pole.
The hops need little training to get wrapped up around the string. From the
top view they wrap clockwise; or another way to think of it is that they
"follow" the sun each day.

This year I have set four 10ft poles in rectangular arrangment, with four
support beams along the top. Every 8 inches of the beams has eyelets to
attach strings both length and width wise. The hops will then be free to
meander along the top of this thing and allow a nice place of shade.

Oh, the top beams are in a 10 ft by 4 ft rectangle.

Four hops failed to come up this year. Six survived. I thinned out each one
so that no more than 3 shoots from any one plant grow.

Norm, in Seattle

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