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Old 05-06-2008, 08:20 PM   #1
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I have my hops planted in pots but i'm not getting any growth on 3 of them (1 is officially dead) and the one that is growing is about 8 inches tall. this is after 5 weeks in the soil. I was wondering what type of potting soil people are using in their pots (assuming theirs' are growing)? I ordered a replacement for the one that died and 2 others of the 2 that are not growing. this week i'll end up repotting them and want to use a method that works for other people. i used miracle grow for flowers and vegies.
When i repot, i was thinking about putting a bit of sand to cover the bottom of the pot to make sure it drains good. any suggestions would be great!



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Old 05-06-2008, 08:23 PM   #2
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How big are your pots? I would never plant hops in pots unless they were about 6+ feet in diameter. Even then, they won't do as well as they would in the ground. Their root system is very expansive...



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Old 05-06-2008, 08:30 PM   #3
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I live in MI and have yet to pot a rhizome. Just put those babies in the ground!! My cascade was laid four years ago into a mix of my soil and my soil. It's doing great, and flowered a bit the first season! The three that I got this year had a mix of potting soil and humus/manure in the raised barrel ring beds. I really don't think it matters unless you live on clay or in the desert.

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Old 05-06-2008, 09:07 PM   #4
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The thing about potted plants is that you need to use potting soil that drains well, and is specifically designed for container gardens. I know you are probably thinking, why should I go out and buy dirt, I mean my yard is full of it, well buying dirt is key to getting the thing to grow. Additionally being in a pot makes the soil dry out faster, so you need to water more frequently, rather than adding a little at a time make sure you soak that thing very well and let it get soaked all the way through. Any potting soil will work fine, it isn't that big a deal.

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Old 05-07-2008, 03:16 AM   #5
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If it wasn't for the likelyhood that i would be moving in the new few months into a house i'm trying to buy, i would just toss em in the dirt. but since i am (hopefully) buying a house, i'ld just have to dig them up from the dirt and i figured its easier to put them into the ground from the pot.
the pots i'm using are 18" across and 18" or so tall.

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Old 05-07-2008, 01:58 PM   #6
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I planted mine in pots and am not having any problems...yet. I'll be closing on a new house next week, so next weekend the hop garden gets built.
I have a magnum and cascade that are growing slowly, mainly due to the number of shoots coming up (5 or 6 per rhizome). Both of these have shoots that are about a foot tall. I also have a nugget that only sprouted two shoots, one of which is already approaching 5 feet high. I just got some regualr potting soil at Lowe's and then followed drections as if I was planting them in the ground (using mulch and all that). I just got some El Cheapo pots (they're roughly the same size as the ones mentioned by OP) so that when I permanently plant them, I can just cut the pots away and put the whole thing into the ground.

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I've got second year Chinook and Fuggle each in half wine barrels. That's 30 gallons each. They are both nearly 8 feet tall right now. I have some first year Cascades in 9 gallon pots that are about 3 feet tall now. I used a combo of topsoil, peat moss, and composted manure.



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