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Old 04-02-2014, 03:47 AM   #11
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In most cases, the yield will improve in your second year. If it doesn't, you probably have something seriously wrong with your soil. Also, as years go by your crown will usually get bigger and bigger and continue to put out more and more shoots so it's wise to do some pruning on it to keep it manageable.

As for the roots, they have the ability to grow down for quite a ways, even in nasty soil. I've seen them as thick around as my wrist at about 3 feet down while trying to remove some established crowns. So 20 feet probably isn't too far fetched. Some folks can get a good harvest while growing them in planters but just imagine how much better it could be if the plants weren't confined.

Modest yield? Some varieties I've grown have given me over two pounds per plant while others only manage a few ounces. If you look at GLH website, each variety lists it's potential yield/acre. You're most likely not going to be growing acres of hops, but you should be able to get a feel for how heavy/light the individual varieties have performed over time.
Awesome. Thx for the input. I'm excited for this season!
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