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Old 02-15-2012, 06:35 AM   #1
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Default Numbers of plants?

Is it useful to plant one plant per strain or do I need more to put a meaningful amount into beer?
What's a recommended number per strain?
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:54 PM   #2
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If you look at a typical recipie, hops are in the ounces range, and a sucessful harvest will yeild pounds per plant, even after drying and additional hops you might add (I add about 20% more for whole hops compared to pelets) so unless you are brewing every week, or using the same hop all the time, one plant can cover you for several brews. However, the weather has a very big part in that. Last year my hops did terrible, not enough water and too much heat, so yeilds were way down.

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Old 02-15-2012, 02:56 PM   #3
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Every plant is going to give you about 2lb of hops.

It all depends on what kind of beer you like to make. I like to do a IPA's with low alpha hops so for me multiple plants are good, for most people one plat per type will work well.

Try to plat something you use a lot, I lean to low alpha hops because they're good for the late additions and you don't need to know the alpha for that.

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Planting a single of anything heightens the potential to end up with nothing. I would at least plant two of any varietal I actually want to use...

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Old 02-15-2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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It depends on how much you use in each beer. I have one of each variety for mine, but they didn't produce all that much last year, due to first year. I think most people do one plant per variety unless growing to sell.

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I would strongly recommend planting two. This way, given proper care and conditions, you can get enough 1st year cones to brew with (I did) as well as clearly establishing which plant is the "better" phenotype. Even if they come from the same plant, one cutting will almost certainly outperform the other in some way due to subtle variations in conditions. If you need more room or less maintainance after year two, donate the weaker crown to anyone willing to dig it up for you. Good luck!

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Old 02-15-2012, 05:33 PM   #7
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Like jessox said, you're better with two to ensure some amount of growth in your first year. I've seen tremendous variability in vigor of first year plantings but once they get some roots established they'll most all keep pace with one and other in years to come. Some are just slow out of the gate. Have fun!

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I would suggest putting more than one hizome per hill, though. That way you are pretty much sure that something will come up. Just one per hill means growth or total failure, nothing else.

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Old 02-16-2012, 02:21 AM   #9
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I would suggest putting more than one hizome per hill, though. That way you are pretty much sure that something will come up. Just one per hill means growth or total failure, nothing else.
I agree completely with lurker. Im new to brewing and hop growing and have done TONS of research about hops and most all sites and resources say that planting at least two per hill is recommended.
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Like stated above, plant more if you have the room. I have six plants 3 Cascades, 2 Centennials and 1 CTZ. Last year was my fourth year and I ended up with a lot more than I needed. After I got my share, I put an add on Craigs list and sold the rest for cheap. Paid for the water and fertilizer.

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