late start on hops
We are in Virginia and got our hops plants (started from plants, not rhizomes) in the ground late, mostly in June. Also we have just been able to finish our pole/cable system so that we can start growing them up the twine. My question is this: Since we are unlikely to get a crop this year, is it a waste of time to put up all the twine, start them growing up it, just to have to cut them down in the fall - without a crop? Will they grow/ establish root system just as well if allowed to grow on the ground for the rest of summer? Thanks.
Yes. Just make sure you are putting on preventative sprays for downy mildew and keeping an eye out for insects. You do not have to string them up if you arent getting a yield.