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Hop Trellis - Wire vs Rope

Discussion in 'Hops' started by CaptnToast, 21/11/18.

 

  1. CaptnToast

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    Posted 21/11/18
    Hi Team

    Long time lurker .. first time poster. Got a good space in the backyard and looking for a project and in the early stages of Trellis design etc.

    Looking for some insights on the binning wire / string.

    A thought I had was, is the heat of the wire in Summer a issue ? I can imagine on a hot summers day that wire would be scorching and assume a toughen string would be better against heat retention

    Is this a issue or am i over thinking this ?

    Many thanks in Advance for any insights

    Cheers Tim
     
  2. wide eyed and legless

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    Posted 21/11/18
    For me I would go the string, they will get a better grip, a good weight of hops and the bines could start sliding down. That's what happened to my tomatoes last year even though I had tied the plants securely to some galvanised tube every thing was fine until the tomatoes started growing, ended up sliding down tube.:)
     
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    Posted 21/11/18
    No hop expert but 2 things I can say, wire can burn plants on very hot sunny days and plants like something a little fibrous to attach to.
    Regardless I do use wires in the garden but always add jute as well between the wires.

    When I was growing hops I always went with a jute rope.

    Now don't have enough room :(
     
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    Posted 21/11/18
    +1 for rope/twine/etc. Mine are grown more horizontally than most i have seen I could go outside and check, but i think it's six rows of twine running parallel about 40cm apart.
     
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    Posted 26/11/18
    Thanks all .... for all my research i didn't come across any conversation like this ... thanks for clarifying
     
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    Posted 27/11/18
    Twine/Rope etc. is best.

    I used stainless steel wire as my parents had it lying around their property sadly the bines couldn't attach and slid down - fixed by threading twine over the top of the SS wire.
     
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    Interesting - I had no idea you could buy it in such short lengths.
    (I grew up on a farm, and it always came in 5KM lengths...)

    FWIW, I also use the bailing twine for trellises (tomato and Hop) - It's Cheap. Plants can stick to it. It's Cheap. Can be replaced every year. and best of all it's Cheap.

    Go to a farm supply shop and get a big roll - it will likely last you a lifetime.
     
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    Posted 27/11/18
    I've used clothes line like that successfully for a while now, not had any slide down. Might be a concern if it gets wet maybe, never really thought that would be a problem.
     

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