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Old 06-28-2009, 04:09 PM   #11
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Depends on temps.
I water everyday.
High 80's-5 min. every 2hrs
Low to mid 90's-10 min. every 2hrs
High 90's to +100-15 min. every 2hrs
*when cones are in production, I increase the schedule 5 min.*

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Old 06-28-2009, 05:06 PM   #12
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I switched from 3 times a week to weekly this year. I also increased the total watering to 6 hours from 3. Next year, I'll go to once ever 3 weeks as recommended to me by a professional. Even though hops will grow a lot of shallow roots, the plants do much better with infrequent deep watering.

I've also seen very health hop plants at the edge of lawns that were watered every day.

Just side note: most of my plants are 3-4 years old, but I replaced the Sunbeam this year and the new plant is doing just fine on once a week. But, it has been a cool, cloudy summer so far. The 89F yesterday is the hottest it's been.

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Old 06-28-2009, 05:09 PM   #13
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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
dude... what is a no water earthbox? i looked up earthbox.com...what is the waterless version? and why plant hops in a box if you have open ground to plant them in?
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:50 AM   #14
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why plant hops in a box if you have open ground to plant them in?
The box heats up much earlier to sprouting temps than the ground would. So your growing season is extended this way. But you can build a raised bed garden or use some other container for that too - and for less than $60 per.

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Edit: There's a guy building his own out of rubbermaid totes http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/anyone-do-earthbox-65389/index3.html#post678101- that I can get behind. $60 for the storebought seems pricey.
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:30 PM   #15
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dude... what is a no water earthbox? i looked up earthbox.com...what is the waterless version? and why plant hops in a box if you have open ground to plant them in?
i didint mean no water- i meant i dont have to water it. Since all the water stays in the resevoir in the base i wont have to worry about anything other than keeping it filled.

-beerocd, i never though about that but it sounds great. Hopefully that will increase my yields also
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:53 AM   #16
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Once the plants are established I have no need to water, but lately we've had plenty of rain. Once they have put down good roots then they can get most of what they need from the soil. I have them well mulched so they don't lose a lot of moisture that way. I keep track of my rain gauge and try to see they get about 1.5 inches each week. I use drip irrigation to supplement, but haven't use it for a month now as it has rained a lot this spring.

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Old 07-03-2009, 10:51 PM   #17
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Well,

I'm going every 2-3 days now... for about 2 hours at a time...so I'm guess that's 4-6 hours per week...a little less than what they are getting now. When the smaller plants get somewhat bigger, maybe I'll try once a week and see how they do.

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Old 07-04-2009, 12:39 PM   #18
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Here in Colorado the temps have come up.90 s I am watering 12 hrs on 12 hrs off.

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Here in Colorado the temps have come up.90 s I am watering 12 hrs on 12 hrs off.

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