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Old 04-17-2011, 12:13 AM   #11
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Would I be best off then to dilute the 20-20-20 to 10-10-10 in a watering can and fertilize my container hops say once a month?
Mix them as the directions say. Use it up to every other watering (counting rain). The directions likely have a "indoor plants" thing, go by that as you're using containers. I would suggest you get some 10-60-10 (mix it as directed) and mix it half and half with the mixed 20-20-20 when they start to flower.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:56 AM   #12
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I have had good luck with with this product
http://www.espoma.com/p_consumer/tones_plant.html
it's widely available and it's all organic.

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Old 04-17-2011, 12:56 AM   #13
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Seems like I'm watering it every day to keep the soil moist though. Every other day seems like a bit much I think, but I guess I really have no idea. The directions say 1tbsp per gallon of water. I was thinking of just diluting it to 1 tbsp per 2 gallons. I'll look for the indoor directions and maybe there is a different ratio there. Will the potting soil do for now until I figure out the correct amount of fertilizer to add, or should I get it fertilized as quick as possible?

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Old 04-17-2011, 01:51 AM   #14
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Just looked at it again. It says to add 1/2 tsp per pot over 8 inches in diameter and hose it down until the water runs clear (or to that effect). Think I'll give that a try soon.

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If they are under 4 feet tall, they don't really need anything. In fact it's more likely you'll do harm.

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Old 04-17-2011, 03:25 AM   #16
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If they are under 4 feet tall, they don't really need anything. In fact it's more likely you'll do harm.
good tip. thanks!
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:16 AM   #17
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I seem to have burned one of my first year hops plants by adding Miracle Grow liquid fertilizer too early. The edges of the most of the leaves turned brown and their texture became dry and papery.

In hindsight I would have waited at least 6 weeks or until growth seemed to stall before adding fertilizer. However the plant is recovering with new growth and shoots.

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Old 04-19-2011, 05:18 PM   #18
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Miracle grow has too many salts in it that tend to burn and dont really do anything for the soil. I use montys joy juice for all my plants, hydrangeas, plum trees, roses, emersed cryptocoryne plants, ect and have had great results. The best thing is that you cannot over use it. 8oz will do 96 gallons of water and you only have to feed once a week. The formula is a 8-16-8. Other than that i try to stay all natural or organic with ferts and soil additions so i can build up a good base for the roots to live in and make them more efficient in their uptake of nutrients. Espoma and Dr. Earth are both fantastic products for establishing the soil. First year should be focused more on the establishment of the roots, not the formation of hop cones anyways. IMO synthetics only address the short term growth of the plant, not the long term health of it. Now i cant say im the same way when it comes to controlling fungus or insects but thats a different subject

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Yeah I took a look at that already...seems to be for hop farming. Thanks.
And what are you trying to grow? tomatoes?

That study clearly shows that nitrogen uptake is minimal until the early June timeframe in Oregon, which would correspond to about mid-June for you.

That means any (or vast majority of) nitrogen you apply between now and then will be very helpful.... FOR WEEDS, NOT HOPS.
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Seems like I'm watering it every day to keep the soil moist though. Every other day seems like a bit much I think, but I guess I really have no idea. The directions say 1tbsp per gallon of water. I was thinking of just diluting it to 1 tbsp per 2 gallons. I'll look for the indoor directions and maybe there is a different ratio there. Will the potting soil do for now until I figure out the correct amount of fertilizer to add, or should I get it fertilized as quick as possible?
Unless your profile's listed location is wrong, the only thing you're going to do watering it every day in Milwaukee in mid April is you're going to cause the rhizomes to rot...
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