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Old 03-09-2009, 04:23 PM   #1
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I ordered 4 rhizomes, which I'm hoping to receive soon, and was wondering if it would be possible to use this contraption for each of them?

Topsy Turvy Hanging Tomatoes Official Site - Upside Down Planter

...this will be my first time growing hops.

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Old 03-09-2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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I think the plant will end up root bound and confused but, you can always try it and see.

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Old 03-09-2009, 04:40 PM   #3
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I'm not so sure about that. I had some hops last year and the ones closer to the top of the plant (15-20') were noticeably larger than the ones on the bottom, so it seems like the higher they are the better they do.

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Old 03-09-2009, 06:41 PM   #4
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No, hops are climbers and almost all of the cones form at the top.

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Old 03-09-2009, 06:42 PM   #5
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/grow...e-down-105830/

Brief discussion there.
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:11 AM   #6
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Your first problem would be that the pot is too small. A healthy root ball on a hop plant is several feet in diameter. Your second problem would be that the hops would try to grow up and end up tangled in a massive ball and probably not produce many flowers.

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Old 03-13-2009, 01:22 AM   #7
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How do you plan on watering them when the pot is 18' in the air? Aint gonna happen.

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Old 03-13-2009, 01:43 PM   #8
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I'm pretty sure a small container like that will just piss off the hops. They'll tolerate it for about two weeks, then the hulk rage will start. They'll burst through the sides and top, screaming for your blood and ripping up the container to shreds except the small part around the crotch area.

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That topsy turvy thing is pretty sketchy. Thats it and thats all.

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