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Old 06-27-2009, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default experienced hops growers....when did you change your water schedule???

i read some older threads a while back where a few members stated they only watered every 2-3 weeks, instead of every day like a lot of us do. for those that use a watering schedule that spans weeks, when do you begin this? is it only for mature (second or third year) plants, or suitable for plants when they reach a certain height, or what? also, what is your climate like during the summer...and how much, if any, do you compensate for very hot weather (100+)?

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Old 06-27-2009, 08:55 PM   #2
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I poke my finger in the soil. if its dry I water.

fist year plants have no root system yet so they need water more often.

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Old 06-27-2009, 08:58 PM   #3
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mother nature has been watering mine every day

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Old 06-27-2009, 09:28 PM   #4
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I am not an experienced grower but my impression is that growing these puppies is not all that tough once they get started, if the location is good. They seem like to like a lot of sun and good drainage. Nature has done all my watering - but living in Pennsylvania this year means that we have not had a dry week since about March.

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Old 06-28-2009, 02:12 AM   #5
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Fred Zep,

Where are you at I am in the east bay area and also wondering about 100+ deg heat and what to do. We just had our first 100+ day and am not sure if I should water more or what?

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its been a 100+ all week here and mine just keep on going..water in morning or late eve. you dont want to water in the heat of the day.

my first year get a little drink every day. my big girls,2nd year get less watering but when I water them I give them a deep slow soak.few times a week.

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it's not that hot here and i have high humidity. i have been watering my new hops everyday, but just a little at a time. they seem to be doing well

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Old 06-28-2009, 03:12 AM   #8
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Fred Zep,

Where are you at I am in the east bay area and also wondering about 100+ deg heat and what to do. We just had our first 100+ day and am not sure if I should water more or what?
I'm in winters...that's 30 miles west of Sacramento... right next door to Davis.

It has only been hot this last week... other than a week long warm spell in May. Today it was about 105F.

I've been watering once a day, or every other day. I've been doing 1 gph drippers on each plant for 1-2 hrs per day, either once in the morning, or once in the evening.

I planted at two different times this year, so I've got some plants that are 7-8 foot tall, then some that are 1-3 feet tall. Both seem happy with the current schedule.

The little guys are definitely gonna keep getting more regular water, but I have also noticed that they have some red junk on the mounds...looks like fungus, so I'm gonna let em dry out a little bit. The big guys must have a semi-developed root structure, so I'm guessing that they would benefit from deeper watering on a less regular schedule.
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:41 PM   #9
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I live in SW Idaho. High desert climate - hot days (+100 at the hottest), cool nights (typically 60-70) - typically very little rain in the summer.

I have seven trellises in a pasture that get flood irrigated once a week.

I also have 5 plants on my dad's deck. The yard next to these plants gets water three times a week and the hops get some water there. I also have a soaker hose around these plants to geve them additional water when needed.

I watch the leaves for wilting. All these plants get more water when wilting starts to occur. Watering deeply and less often will encourage deeper root growth and more drought tolerant plants. I only water the new plants this year twice a week during March and April - then I put them on the same schedule with the mature plants.

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i water mine every other day or so in the mornings. If the soil drys out then i water or if the leaves begin to wilt...so far its worked very well. Will be building a no water earthbox soon so i wont have to worry about it

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