A hop plant is designed by nature to grow vertically, and can reach a height of 20 feet by the fourth of July. The hopyard trellis system is used to support these massive plants, and is essential for optimal yields. It is expensive to install a hopyard trellis system and can take some time to pay back. Careful consideration should be made in every aspect of it's design, materials and installation. You should first choose which varieties of hops you would like to grow. American types can be large and robust plants with long 36" to 48" sidearms. These plants require space, and rows should be 14' to 16' apart with 42" to 48" plant spacing. European types tend to be finer plants with shorter sidearms. They can be planted with 12' to 14' row spacing and 24" to 36" between plants. Your plant provider is the best source of information to help you decide which varieties are for you. A traditional trellis system consists of wood poles 22' to 25' long, set in a grid or diamond pattern. The poles are connected east to west and north to south with cable that is then anchored into the ground. A "V" system has an additional wire on both sides of the main cable, usually on the north to south run. The "V" design can increase yields, but will also increase your initial costs.
Clamps and hardware that we use.
1. Do Your research. Talk to anyone and everyone you can. Other hop farmers can be a great resource! 2. Build what you can afford. A sturdy 1/2 acre trellis is better than a poorly built 1 acre trellis. 3. Do it right the first time. You won't want to do it again.