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Old 05-21-2010, 10:24 PM   #1
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Default Hops 1 foot then stop growing?

I planted my rhizomes last year. So, I was hoping this was going to be the first good harvest year. As scheduled, they popped out the ground about a month or so ago again and started to grow up my twine. A couple just popped out the ground and are still just a leaf or so. A couple others started to grow up the vine looking healthy. Like I said in the title of this thread, they have grown to about a foot length and now and ceased to grow? They have been the same length for several weeks now. I have kept them watered (every other day) but not overwatered. They are on the side of the house that gets decent sun. What could be wrong? Just FYI, they did the same thing last year but I just thought that was because of first year rooting and what not. They don't get any taller than this and I havent seen a hop cone yet??? I have 4 different varieties with 2 rhizomes of each variety planted about 5 feet from each other. I planted with a mixture of my soil, topsoil and a little sand mixed in.

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Old 05-21-2010, 10:46 PM   #2
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Well this is my first year planting, and my hopes are going crazy! Being that I probably got lucky. But you know I read alot before I planted them, and learned that the soil composition has alot to do with hops. Top soil really isnt a good soil to mix in in my view. I planted mine in two and half deep holes about 2 feet wide, and mix in miracle grow garden soil, manure, potting soil and coffe grounds on top. I live in the desert so I completely desgarded the soil that I dug up. Topsoil is not very nutrient rich, and I dont know where your from, and do not know what kind of dirt is around your house, but sounds to me like they are nutrient deprived.

I am not experienced enough to offer a solution, but I constantly feed mine mulch and give miracle grow twice a month.

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Old 05-21-2010, 10:55 PM   #3
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Are there some trees nearby that have grown their leaves in the last month? Maybe they are getting more shade than before.

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Old 05-22-2010, 12:39 AM   #4
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It was miracle grow soil that I used. I just call that topsoil. I guess there is a difference. Yeah there are trees around it but they get good sun throughout the day anyways. Should they be in direct full sun?

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Old 05-22-2010, 01:39 AM   #5
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Would it be best to dig them up and find a better location and prep the soil with nutrient rich soil? Or, should I leave them be and just use some sort of fertilizer?

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They need alot of sun, but I'm not sure about moving them. They'd live, but not sure if it would be better. ANybody else?

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Sounds like they are hungry to me. Go get some fish fertilizer and see if that perks them up. I avoid chemistry experiments when it come to plant food.

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I really wanted to keep them organic but at this point I need to try something else.

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Has the weather changed? A cold front? A cold spell?

Hops do like lots of water but every other day is overkill untill there is substantial growth. If the soil is moist too long the roots get oxygen stressed and cease to function thence, the plant exhibits nutrient deficiencies.

1" per week of water is all they need unless the temps are extreme and the soil exhibits dryness to a depth of 4" before the next watering.

If it got cold, or really cool, the hops will not be vigourous.

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Its been typical North Carolina weather. Soil here dries out really quick because a lot of it is clay. I normally just water when the soil looks very dry. I just cant believe how short they look. I expected some lengthy hop vines but I cant even get them to grow more than a foot. I really thought they would grow well here. I hate life.

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