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Old 04-14-2008, 03:57 PM   #21
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A friend did his in pots and wishes they were bigger. I'd be leary of cheap barrels. My wife did these a couple of years ago, and after about 2 years they fell apart when we tried to move them. You might want to beef them up with straps before trying to move.

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Old 04-14-2008, 04:06 PM   #22
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A friend did his in pots and wishes they were bigger. I'd be leary of cheap barrels. My wife did these a couple of years ago, and after about 2 years they fell apart when we tried to move them. You might want to beef them up with straps before trying to move.
If I used barrels, I would put a small roofing nail just underneath each steel strap (3 per strap equally placed around the circumference). That will help keep the straps from falling down with things dry out during the winter.
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:47 PM   #23
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I planted some in 1/2 whiskey barrels. The rhizomes froze the following winter. I'd suggest planting them in raised beds in the ground, then digging them out when you move.

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Old 04-15-2008, 03:14 PM   #24
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Rhizomes are supposed to freeze in the winter... At least they def will if planted in the ground where I live.

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Old 08-08-2008, 09:26 PM   #25
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How are people handling wintering their hops in pots?

Is there a specific temp that the rhizomes must drop to in order to become dormant?

Should I leave the pots outside until the bines die off after some frost?

How about watering?

Do hops needs to become dormant each year? In a private message discussion I'm having, it was mentioned that major pruning and continuing growth indoors may be a solution. Letting them grow indoors throughout the winter would porbably be the easiest method, if that's possible.

I won't be able to plant outdoors until next year but don't want to jeopardize my hops plants by wintering them wrong.

What do those of you with hops in pots do?

Just FYI, I'm in Pennsylvania (Zone 5)

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My hops in pots are on my porch, it has a closet for storage. I will probably move the hops into the storage closet during the winter, this should keep the temp a little more constant and also get them out of my way.

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Hop roots need 10 weeks of temperatures below 50º to get vernalization. I can't find where I read that, but I know it's true! I saw it on the internet.

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Old 08-09-2008, 12:02 PM   #28
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Hop roots need 10 weeks of temperatures below 50º to get vernalization.
Er... is vernalization a good thing? It may well be, but I have no idea what it is.
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vernalization is indeed a good thing. It's like what sleeping is to us. It allows the hop roots to regroup and start converting it's stores of nutrients into next spring's growth cycle.

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I'm not sure about winter storage of my hop pot, but I'm thinking covering it with a thick layer of straw would probably be the way to go.

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