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Old 12-15-2012, 02:07 AM   #11
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I grew my hops this year in a 3 gallon bucket in coco pith medium fed on a drip system using hydroponic nutrients. This type of system is often used to grow tomatoes commercially in greenhouses. I grew my hops outside and they did very well. The 3 gallon container was more than enough for the root system and supported a 15' yielding vine. The only variety that did not do well was Ultra. The rest grew beautifully, Galena, Cascade, Newport, Columbus, Zeus, Kent Golding, Northern Brewer and Chinook. You can use the same type of system indoors as well. Just make sure you give them plenty of light. Remember that hops do like to have a "chilling" period.

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Old 12-15-2012, 02:16 AM   #12
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Ha, I have 20' vaulted ceilings in my house..... Hmmmm? That would make for an interesting living room conversation starter.

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Old 12-15-2012, 02:17 AM   #13
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I grew these varieties in Los Angeles successfully - Galena, Cascade, Newport, Columbus, Zeus, Kent Golding, Northern Brewer and Chinook. All these varieties yielded in their first year. Galena and Cascade grew the best followed by Columbus and Zeus then the rest. Hops require lots of water, especially in summer here in Socal when its extremely hot and humidity is very low.

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:19 AM   #14
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IMO hydroponics are best suited for annuals, the quicker growing the better. Year round maintenance and care, root and growth trimming, chilling requirements, etc outweight the benefit of growing hyrdo.

It looks like it has been done, but it wouldn't be worth pursuing for me. Good luck.

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I tried. And failed.

Vines are very stubborn for hydroponics. They need too much light and too much space to really thrive in most hydroponic environments.

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I tried. And failed.

Vines are very stubborn for hydroponics. They need too much light and too much space to really thrive in most hydroponic environments.
Hops grow just fine in hydroponic systems. Growing indoors with artificial lighting is where it gets much tougher.

Media type hydroponic systems suit hops better than media-less type systems.
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I just got my 3 crowns from Great Lakes Hops planted in 5 gallon buckets of Perlite late last night. I'll finish the plumbing later tonight and take a couple of pictures. Work has been keeping me stuck in the garage so I have only and hour or two to play in the garden. The buckets will below the rail system. This is really more of an experiment to see if they will even grow especially in the summer months more than the yeilds they will produce. Wish me luck!
Week one in Hydroponics...

week two...

week three (Saturday 12/15/12)

Crowns that were planted last night. Sold one.

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Old 12-18-2012, 06:23 AM   #18
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Good luck. Which varieties did you get?

Nice greenhouse you got there. How much did it set you back?

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Hops grow just fine in hydroponic systems. Growing indoors with artificial lighting is where it gets much tougher.
Well, right...that's what the OP is asking about.
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Good luck. Which varieties did you get?

Nice greenhouse you got there. How much did it set you back?
Cascade, Chinook and Willamette. Sold the Columbus.

The greenhouse was pretty much nothing dollar wise except for the plastic at Home Depot. It's not rated for UV but will last all season. All of the wood is recycled/scrap wood and the paint was left over for another project (cheap $11.00 paint can). One of my goals when we buy agian is to have a little land and make something around 15' x 40' for dirt, hydro and Aquaponics!

Here they are in the buckets. Sun was going down so pretty bad picture from my phone. We'll see what happens and I'll keep you guys posted.
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