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Old 05-26-2009, 03:22 PM   #11
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First let me say I'm a believer in Miracle Grow and it's uses. But I have some thoughts/info that might be of use to others. I'll preface by saying all my horticultural knowledge comes from my father whom headed up our family run nursery for 17+ years.

1-MG is most effective when poured/sprayed onto the plants themselves. It has very limited staying power in the soil and is "fertilizer in solution" so it is absorbed through the greenery at very high rates when compared to root contact.
2-It is almost impossible to burn up a plant with MG. See #1 for reference.
3-MG can be used with regular granulated fertilizers.

I prefer to go about 6" outside of the root structure of the hops with a double handfull of 8-8-8 or 13-13-13 after the plants are established in the spring/early summer. In practical terms this means I simply put fertilizer all the way around the base of my hops in a 15-24" diameter circle, carefully working it into the soil. After a week or 10 days has passed I resume Miracle Grow application every 6-11 days.

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Foliar feedings using a garden sprayer are king. Makes for some of the greenest hops I have ever seen if applied in the evening, once the air has cooled some and well before the sun sets.
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:52 PM   #12
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Good info. I am aiming to play with the hops tonight or tomorrow and get them mulched, fertilized, trimmed etc.

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Old 05-26-2009, 06:22 PM   #13
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Here's the miracle grow product I am using.

Miracle-Gro Shake & Feed
Shake & Feed takes the guesswork out of feeding - simply shake on in minutes and feed your plants continuously for up to 3 months. Great for use on all types of new and existing outdoor flower and vegetable beds, trees and shrubs.

SKU: S70100813

Formula: 10-10-10



I worked it into the soil in my tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers and plan to do the same with the hop rhyzomes when I get them. I also add more topsoil, potting soil, and lots of manure to the native soil. Using this method I have not yet lost a plant and can get production from the fruiting plants up until October.

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Here's the miracle grow product I am using.

Miracle-Gro Shake & Feed
Shake & Feed takes the guesswork out of feeding - simply shake on in minutes and feed your plants continuously for up to 3 months. Great for use on all types of new and existing outdoor flower and vegetable beds, trees and shrubs.

SKU: S70100813

Formula: 10-10-10



I worked it into the soil in my tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers and plan to do the same with the hop rhyzomes when I get them. I also add more topsoil, potting soil, and lots of manure to the native soil. Using this method I have not yet lost a plant and can get production from the fruiting plants up until October.
Just curious, but what's the price on that stuff? Here I pick up a 25lb bag of 10-10-10 for $16 at the local nursery. I also work some of that in with the soil and ocassionally put a handful around the hops. It cant be much different that the "bulk" stuff...
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