Post Number: 18
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Friday, October 12, 2007 - 09:00 pm: ||
In southern California many summer annuals can last well into fall (I've had many two year old tomato plants) as a frost is a rare event. Is there any danger in leaving the hops bines up until they wither on their own? There are still a few small cones on the plant that might get bigger, so why cut it down?
Post Number: 7827
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Friday, October 12, 2007 - 09:14 pm: ||
I would cut the bines before or about the time of the late fall/early winter rains in your part of the world, but otherwise I don't believe you have anything to worry about.
Post Number: 6484
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Friday, October 12, 2007 - 09:20 pm: ||
I got lazy last year and didn't cut mine til spring...no problem.
Post Number: 1150
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Friday, October 12, 2007 - 09:24 pm: ||
You don't need to cut them down now, but I would recommend cutting them down once they have all withered. You don't really NEED to cut them, but it is a good idea to cut them back after they wither so you can put a couple inches of mushroom compost and topsoil down, so by the time Spring comes around, you have plenty of nutrients in the soil for the rhizomes to enjoy.
Also, I didn't cut mine last Fall. I finally got around to it in the Spring after the first shoots popped out, and when I was cutting the bines, I found a rabbit's nest. I don't think they were eating the shoots, but they were certainly digging into the roots. I had my boys relocate them to the creek.
Gonna cut mine in the next few weeks.
Post Number: 19
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 04:00 pm: ||
I could be wrong but I believe I was listening to a podcast from The Brewing Network with the guest being the guy (sorry, the name escapes me) from hop union and he said you should let them wither and then cut. I believe the advantage was it allowed the roots to reasorb something.
I think he said cutting them early would still work but it was better to let them die and then cut them back.
(Message edited by crockett on October 13, 2007)
Post Number: 423
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Monday, October 15, 2007 - 01:14 pm: ||
Let nature tell you when to take them down. That is usually when the vines die off.
Post Number: 65
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Monday, October 15, 2007 - 01:56 pm: ||
I haven't grown hops yet, but I'm planning to in the spring. Based on my experience with other perennial plants, I'd cut down the spent bines and remove any leaf litter or other debris from around the base of the plants. Pests and disease overwinter in the decaying plant matter.
I'd lay down a good inch or two of fresh, high quality compost, then, I'd cover the compost with a nice layer of shredded leaves or grass clippings as mulch.
My compost pile has become primarily shredded leaves and spent grains from my all-grain batches. After I spent grains to the pile, I give the pile a good turn so I can mix in the grains.
Post Number: 183
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Monday, October 15, 2007 - 07:08 pm: ||
Crimony! I've left my cascades bines go for the past seven seasons here in Michigan, and I'm now firm in the belief that a trampling by the four horsemen of the apocalypse couldn't harm these things! I think I'll cut them back this winter, only because I'm losing too much real estate to them.
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Post Number: 7843
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Monday, October 15, 2007 - 08:47 pm: ||
Yep, my compost pile has benefited greatly from leaves (two big trees in the front yard) and spent grain. Now next spring I just have to plant some hop rhizomes that will live.
Post Number: 294
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Monday, October 15, 2007 - 10:35 pm: ||
I just usually cut them back to ground level and cover them with horse manure.
Post Number: 1160
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Monday, October 15, 2007 - 10:59 pm: ||
One other plus to cutting them down after withering is weed control. Down here in the South, we get weeds year round and having the bines cut back makes it easier to see them so you can pick them as they sprout.