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Old 05-18-2010, 04:35 PM   #1
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Has anybody out there grown hops in planters? I have two cascades and a chinook planted in large planters(20 in opening) and I have them planted in miracle grow. Has anybody done this that can offer me some advice? I plan on growing them on hop cord(can't remember what it is really called) and runnung the cord through a hook so that as the vines grow up I can run more cord when they reach the top I can coil the vine and give the hops more room to climb. Is this a solid plan or is there something else I could do?

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Old 05-18-2010, 04:46 PM   #2
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it is a solid plan. i am doing it as have many others on this forum. the root balls get pretty large, just make for sure you use a big enough planter...i am using those 20gallon big ass buckets from Lowes, others have used those rectangle bins. drill holes for drainage and you are set.

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Thanks for the input. I didn't drill any holes in the bottom of my planters for drainage. Is it something that I should do?

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Thanks for the input. I didn't drill any holes in the bottom of my planters for drainage. Is it something that I should do?
You will want to get holes in the bottom as soon as you can. You don't want mold and root rot going on at the bottom.
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yeah, otherwise you have a bowl. they need drainage. you can put a couple in the sides that way water will collect in the bottom and not drain completely out. a few 1/8 holes should work. you just don't want water filling the container and drowning/rotting the plant plus it would invite other nasties that would damage your plants.

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I would also suggest putting a layer of rocks or broken pots into the bottom of your planters as well to allow even more drainage.

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Here's an example of one years difference:

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I would also suggest putting a layer of rocks or broken pots into the bottom of your planters as well to allow even more drainage.
I would not suggest to do this...this actually hinders drainage. I've been told the reason a couple times before but cant remember the logic behind it. Search the forums if you want the reason but just do soil with no rocks, gravel, broken pots, etc...

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I forget the term but it's to do with dissimilar material transference. For example, the soil locks in betwen the gravel and essentially creates a dam. Wheras if the entire bed where of the same composition fluid would move through it with no change in resistance.
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Cut the drainage holes, but place something underneath the pot. I had roots running out of the bottom of my pots and into the ground...somewhat defeating the purpose of putting them in pots.

I also do the drop coir from top and keep feeding it, but additionally, I'm using a telescoping pole this year so I can extend it up to 12 feet but still retract the whole thing at the end of the year.

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I'd say that theory only "holds water" (pun intended) if you use a lot of gravel.

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