The Hops are to Big for My Trellis!
Not that I’m complaining, but my hops have already reached the top of my trellis. My trellis is only 12 feet high and I knew it would grow over, but I was planning more for June to have this problem, not May 1st. What to do now?
My trellis is simply a steel wire run between 2 trees that I’ve attached biodegradable rope to and in past years, the hops have taken to June to reach this height. I suppose with the early spring, added fertilizer and a strong root system, they are more aggressive this year. Since I’m limited to about 12′ with my trellis because of the location of the support trees, my plan is to grow them horizontally. I’ve done this is the past, but it was usually towards the end of the growing season, not at the beginning. By attaching another steel cable 10′ from the first I will train the hops horizontally. My biggest concern is then having the horizontally growing hops casting to much shade on vertical.
Anyone have any bright ideas that I haven’t thought of, keeping it vertical is not an option this year?