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Old 08-06-2010, 11:00 PM   #11
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On the flip side of this success story, Mine are doing horrible. I dont know what happened. 2 of my plants are dying and one stopped climbing and is hanging on at about 7 ft. The bottom is slowly dying off leaf by leaf. Not sure whats going on, they get watered twice a day. Maybe I should have used better soil, I just used soil ammender, steer manure and mixed with regular soil. Dont have any pics but the leaves are turning brown around the edges until finally the whole leaf just dies.
Rather than worrying about drainage, I piled up dirt and compost and planted it in the mound. I used spent grains to mulch around it which is seemed to absolutely love. I only water every couple of days if it's been dry.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:37 PM   #12
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I live in San Diego, so we haven't had any real rain in months. I water twice a day for 15 minutes on a drip system. I don't think they are getting too much water, the leaves should yellow if that were the case right? I haven't really been using any miracle gro, but I mixed some in water today and poured it on all 3 plants. Time will tell I guess. Thanks for the reply's, and to the OP, congrats on your first year plants

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Old 08-07-2010, 04:07 AM   #13
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I planted some last year and babied them, and most of them died. I think they drowned. I have 2 of my original 7 alive this year. This year's first years I just put in the ground. They seem to be doing better with benign neglect. Someone on here pointed out that these things grow as weeds many decades after they are no longer cultivated. So far, benign neglect as befits a weed is working better for me. I have barely watered mine at all, though we too have had a wet year. My first year Centennials have grown to about 20 feet, and are setting lots of cones. The Goldings and Chinooks are also pretty tall, and are setting a few cones. The Willamettes have grown well, but not flowered. The various others (Nugget, Perle, Glacier, Mount Hood, and Northern Brewer) are bringing up the rear.

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Old 08-07-2010, 05:24 PM   #14
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Well I'm doing good. Beside a wind storm that tore out my Hallertauer (was the first to rise and the only one big enough to get damaged). The Mt. Hood were the first to rise to the top and the first to burr, now the cones are developing. The Cascades are close behind and ended up with even better growth than the Mt. Hoods. The Cascades have burrs everywhere. Then there are the Willamettes, they reached the top last and then started to burr. They have the least amount of burrs and only on the main stem after the point in which it reached the top ...there's a few others but not much - not much lateral growth. ...but all the bines that got going made it to the top ('cept the Hallertauer)

I think with the first year, the roots aren't as developed and the plants are prone to a wide variety of potential problems. Nutrition uptake being the biggest problem.

I added compost and manure to where I was to plant to a foot down and built mounds. I just don't think the rhizome was able to use those nutrients. I like Organic but this first year, I used Schultz' liquid plant food consistently - and I think that helped quite a bit. I think I'll lose some local terrior this year but should have good growth to give me a great second year (if I don't have to transplant).

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