|Hops struggling to hold to the posts. |
Twine wrapped around the post was no help.
I thought they could do it. Squirrels don't swim. Ducks don't climb trees. Why I thought my hops could spiral up the trellis posts is beyond me--now.
|Hops unwrapped, sorted out |
and ready to be "applied" to their new twine support
Hops grow in our area. I've seen them, beautiful tepees of verdant vines going up 12 feet or more. What I didn't know is that they like to grip a tiny support like twine, and they cannot hang on to a 4x4" post. The whole vine spine feels like a mini rasp, designed to catch on anything small and rough, allowing the vine to climb up and up.
I finally saw the light when I asked the hops what the deal was. There was the picture of them growing up a slender support. Things I get to do today are make my hops happy and get them a support they can understand.
They feel so much better, I bet you can hear them boogie. We're looking forward to their splendid blossoms in the fall.