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Old 04-15-2008, 02:22 AM   #1
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Has anyone else noticed with your new hops (those of you growing yours for the first time) the anxiety is reminiscent of that first beer you made? I've been reading these threads, and it kind of made me chuckle when I realized that all the "there's a spot on a leaf! Oh NO!!!" and "I've planted them 3 days ago and still no sprouts; is everything ok??!" isn't too far from all the "I pitched my yeast two hours ago and nothing has happened!!!" threads.

At least, I chuckle, and then check my rhizomes for some shoots, because they've been planted for 3 days, and there's still nothing...

Ok, I need a homebrew...

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Old 04-15-2008, 05:22 AM   #2
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heh, I totally know what you mean doxology. Just like any other of your little babies you want to see them grow and mature.... and get you drunk. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some apfelwein to check on, I pitched the yeast an hour ago and need to go post a thread as to why I don't smell anything yet.

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Old 04-15-2008, 01:44 PM   #3
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ummmm, +1 for that idea

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Old 04-16-2008, 01:21 AM   #4
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I too, know what you mean. Every day on my lunch hour I come home and check on my beer fermenting in the basment and how my first year babies are doing in the yard. My Magnums are about 3" and my Cascades are just poking out of the soil.

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Old 04-16-2008, 02:15 PM   #5
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My Magnums are about 3" and are just poking out
I couldn't resist the edit there
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:50 PM   #6
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I have 8 in the ground and 7 have sprouted. I check them every evening when I get home from work. I also just had the silly (anal) idea of charting the height of each on a weekly basis and throwing the sheet in my brewlog book under the hops data tab. And update in future years!!

Am I going insane???

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Jeeze you guys must not garden much, you don't have to check them that often, most plants are fine by them selves and adapt fairly well. The one big thing is that you have to realize and accept is that not all of them are going to make it.

I know rhizomes are not seeds, but out of a pack of pumpkin seeds with say 20 or so seeds in it, I usually wind up planting 4 or 5 of the strongest plants in my garden and throwing the others out. So don't be too disappointed if the plant doesn't make it or if the plant doesn't produce much the first year. Normal gardeners actually thin seedlings more than you expect, and babying your plants, watering every day, excessive trimming ect. can do more harm than good if you don't know what you are doing.

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After a week in the soil and no sprouts I was google-ing everything about "first year growth" and "how long to sprout". I was thinking about posting and asking about it, but then I realized how stupid I was and read a different message on the forum that reminded me. "Patience Grasshopper". Now all of my plants are sprouting...and I was gonna dig em up to see if they were doing anything. More homebrew helps

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Old 04-17-2008, 12:51 AM   #9
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I planted a pair of Magnums and a pair of Chinooks yesterday. I looked this morning, and still nothing......sigh.

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Ohmygawd ... I planted my Hops Sunday and they haven't sprouted yet, Did I kill them ??????


Kidding


Actually I'm relaxing with a home brewed ESB (yummy ! ) After hauling about 2 tons of mulch for the garden & hop yard < gotta Love Free Mulch ! But man my back is sore !

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