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Old 04-06-2008, 01:32 AM   #1
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i rent my house and plan on planting my rhizomes in pots. i wish to take them with me when i move. what would be good pots to grow them in? the homebrewers garden suggests 5 gallon pots for limited growing space.
what about those shallow long pots? will the root ball grow horizontal or will they grow deep?

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Old 04-06-2008, 05:09 AM   #2
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Pots may work, but I don't think they're ideal. Hops grow deep, tree-like roots. If you must plant in a pot, I'd suggest the biggest pots feasible.

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Old 04-06-2008, 05:10 AM   #3
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Old 04-06-2008, 06:38 AM   #4
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anybody have a more exact answer with possible dimension or size? just got my hops today and plan to have them in pots at my fiancee's place and we're moving in a year too. how about transplanting? i'm starting them in small post at my place. granted if they die at her place, it's still a small victory considering she hates beer and my homebrewing :-)

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Looking at those 30-year-old Cascade crowns they have on eBay it doesn't seem to me like they get too big for a pot but I'm no expert.

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I've heard that large pots can be used for the first couple of years or so, maybe longer depending on the size of the pot.

Here is what I am doing for this year, fairly cheap and easy to build.

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man i wish i could do that..but her parents are also a bit uber religious and hate drinking (beer was once referred to as devil water). so i'm hoping to put them up as " nice foliage" up against the house in a flower garden. i just want to be sure that the root system doesn't get too big for the pots. but you did give me ideas....especially once we are married and we have our own place away from her folks. i guess my question would be if the 20 gallon pots are for 1 plant only? if so, in your experience, is it possible to fit 2 in there? reason is that i room for 3 pots but have 2 cascade, 1 chinook and 1 centennial. my fear is that the 2 cascade will under produce. thanks for the feedback.

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I've got two Chinook in a half drum (half a 55gal barrel) sized pot. They seem to be doing fine. We'll see come harvest time.

I'd say go for it and use the space that you have as best you can. If you can afford/fit big pots with one rhizome per pot it'll work out best in the long run though.

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Not to bag on your choice in women, but you could keep the hops and look for a brew goddess... just sayin... devil water...really. Then again we all have our burdens to bear.
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