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Old 02-28-2009, 11:33 PM   #1
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anyone grow hops in enclosed planters? well, actually i'd like to try growing them in one of those half whiskey barrels, and training up a wire. our soil here is mostly clay, and gets really hard in the summer where nothing grows well. also wondering would they grow back year after year if they are in an enclosed planter?

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Old 02-28-2009, 11:45 PM   #2
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Yep. I did it last year, and several people do it for a several years before the rhizomes outgrow the pot. The newest edition of BYO has an article about growing in pots.

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outgrowing pots? do they stay hardy and produce good yields? can the rhizomes be split once they "outgrow the pot"

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Basic Brewing Radio also did a podcast a few weeks ago about growing hops in pots.

Basically they recommend to use a half-barrel size pot for the best results and then transfer them to the ground after a couple growing seasons.

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There is a great article in the most recent BYO about this. I would check it out.

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Old 03-09-2009, 01:42 PM   #6
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Yeah I read that BYO article...good stuff. To those who have tried it, once the growing season is done, do you just move the pots inside? I'm assuming the they would die down once frost hits (New England).

I can't recall cuz I'm at work but I think the article said to install the trellis before the root as to not damage the root with the trellis.

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My first yr hops in pots did decent even with moving in may and having to bring them 500 miles. Got some hops out of my cascade and would have gotten hops out of the others but I went on a long weekend and the baby hops dried out on the other vines. I left them out all winter no worries, they are starting to sprout right now.

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I was doing mine in half wiskey barrel size and the only thing I had to watch out for (In Southern California) was the hops drying out and nutrients. My hops became a bit nitrogen deficient for a bit until I added more to the soil. The hops use up so much energy growing. Be mindfull of how they look and you should do well.

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I just planted a 2nd year nugger and 2nd year EKG plant into their each planter... 2cuft of dirt in each one. They are smaller than half 55gallon wine barrels, but are much larger than 5 gallon pots. Hell, I grew that EKG last year in a pot with like .5cuft of dirt and it grew 12' planted in late july!!!!

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I just grew a cascade plant in a pot and had pretty good luck. I was curious if anyone knows if I should repot the plant next spring? I will not be moving it to the ground for a few years but want to get as much as I can from it. any ideas?

My cascade hops growing in a ~6gal pot.

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