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Title: Bine Culling
Post by: Jeff M on May 13, 2013, 07:11:11 PM
SO this is my first year growing hops.  is it advisable to pick a few(if so how many) solid bines on one plant or should i just let it go hog wild with as many as it can throw up?

Thanks
Title: Re: Bine Culling
Post by: thebigbaker on May 13, 2013, 07:21:03 PM
My first year also.  I've been told by several others to pick the 2-3 best shoots and cut the rest. 
Title: Re: Bine Culling
Post by: Jeff M on May 13, 2013, 07:22:21 PM
yeah i was assuming 1-3.  but i figured id ask the experts to chime in:)
Title: Re: Bine Culling
Post by: corkybstewart on May 13, 2013, 08:01:04 PM
For the first year or two I'd just let them go wild.  Let the root systems get well established before you start worrying about culling.  If you are determined to just have 3 get ready for a summer of pulling bines because they never stop coming out of the ground.
The 3 bine limit is for mechanical harvesting, for us handpickers it doesn't really apply. 
Title: Re: Bine Culling
Post by: Jeff M on May 13, 2013, 08:20:48 PM
will we get as good of a harvest with a wold grow as we would with a more focused grow?
Title: Re: Bine Culling
Post by: corkybstewart on May 13, 2013, 08:38:53 PM
Don't expect much the first 2 years anyway so that's why I said to just let them grow for the first 2 years.