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Offline Thomas

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2011 Hops crop
« on: May 12, 2011, 12:10:07 AM »
Who else has planted hop rhizomes already? I put the rhizomes I got from Brian into 5 gallon pots with lots or organic soil, and they are just starting to break the surface. Im hoping they will survive alright on a third storey balcony. Ill post some pics once they start growing.

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Re: 2011 Hops crop
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2011, 07:12:48 AM »
We have planted...

6 Cascade
6 Centennial
6 Fuggle
6 Magnum
8 Nugget from Brian
6 Willamette

They all came from Left Fields in BC except for the Nugget.

We didn't get them in until a few days ago, so nothing is showing yet, will post pics once the trellising in up.

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Re: 2011 Hops crop
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2011, 07:43:22 AM »
I'll be planting them this weekend.
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Re: 2011 Hops crop
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2011, 09:42:12 AM »
I have 2 Cascade and 2 Willamette (thanks Brian!) - in the ground two weeks (as of tomorrow) - 1 Cascade is has broken the surface so I'm going to run some bailer twine for it this weekend...

I was originally going to put some poles in the ground for a couple of them, but I was wondering how they would do with twine to a tree that's about 10 feet away - it would go up at a 45 degree angle (maybe a bit more) - do you think they would do OK with that?
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Re: 2011 Hops crop
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2011, 01:40:54 PM »
brew: i might be talking shite (it happens), but I recall seeing a picture from creeping Brian_S's facebook where he has done exactly that (45deg climb for a hop plant). The plant looked happy :P
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Re: 2011 Hops crop
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2011, 05:28:57 PM »
Glad my babies are thriving...well surviving anyway.  

My plants hit 10ish feet the first year and as long as they can climb you should be OK.  The 45 degree angle seems to work fine, the more important factor is keeping only 2 to 4 growing vines per plant else you end up with a mass of tangled vine and few cones.  Once you have your 2 to 4 strongest vines just keep plucking the growing tips off new vines (just above where the first set of leaves start and that vine will stop growing.

As for the pots I dropped a couple of teamaker rhizomes in 1 gallon pots 2 weeks ago and they seem to be happy and as long as the pot allows water to drain they should survive but I have no long term experience.

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Re: 2011 Hops crop
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2011, 06:22:43 PM »
Cool  :mrgreen: glad to hear this can work - thanks!
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Re: 2011 Hops crop
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2011, 11:10:58 PM »
I planted 7 today:

2 Cascade
2 Chinook
2 Centennial
1 Willamette

I will be moving at some point this summer, so they are in pots, maybe 4 gallons of dirt in each, one rhisome per pot. I used tomato cages rather than a trellis to make the future transplanting easier.

As we learned from the scraggly bush of hops at the Picaroons brewery, hops don't actually need any structure to grow on to be successful.
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Re: 2011 Hops crop
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2011, 12:54:35 PM »
how long after planting did your hops break the surface of the dirt?
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Re: 2011 Hops crop
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2011, 02:02:47 PM »
My hops broke the surface mabey a week ago, but so far havent grown much more then an inch high. I think a combination of the cold,wet, dark weather, and being on my deck where they only have 8 hours sunlight is to blame.

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Re: 2011 Hops crop
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2011, 01:32:57 PM »
Two of my seven plants have broken ground (Cascade and Willamette). Will post photos when they have leaves.
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2011, 04:28:03 PM »
First one popped up on day 10, it's a Fuggle
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Re: 2011 Hops crop
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2011, 11:58:00 PM »
I was trying to aerate the top layer of soil a bit and snapped a tiny shoot off. I hope it will survive.

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Re: 2011 Hops crop
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2011, 10:00:46 AM »
My 2nd year Cascade has plenty of sprouts, the tallest is about 20cm high now. The 3rd year Nugget is also coming up very strong, with one run away chute that's a good 45-50cm tall already.

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Re: 2011 Hops crop
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2011, 10:01:54 AM »
The Nugget....