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Old 04-03-2010, 09:03 PM   #11
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I can't help you with how many shoots to allow to grow, or which ones to cut.

But I can tell that HOPS are TOXIC to DOGS. Don't let your menacing puppy near them, otherwise you might be paying quite the Vet bill.
Hops are not toxic to dogs. Hops are toxic to dogs with a rare genetic defect.


Stating Hops are toxic to dogs is no more accurate than stating peanuts are toxic to people.
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:47 PM   #12
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There was an article in BYO last year about growing hops in containers, and the author recommended using at least a 20" pot, with no more that three bines per pot.
I kept mine to two bines last year, and am allowing three this year. My shoots at 6"-8" already, before today's rain...and now sun.
That is the article that got me going. My Centennial didn't make it last year, so I just have the Cascade. It's doing very well though, I've got one shoot that is about 16" or so.
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:00 PM   #13
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Second year is indeed Crazy. I put in 1 rhizome last year and 200 rhizomes this year the new ones aren't even out of the ground yet, but the one from last year is 4 feet tall and has 3 bines almost as thick as pencils. I was out on the farm watering today and, over the course of the 3 or 4 hours I was there, the tallest bine grew almost a half a rotation round the string. It was pretty crazy.

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Old 04-06-2010, 12:32 PM   #14
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My second year plants are up too in NJ. Gotta get some string set up so they have something to climb.

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Old 04-06-2010, 06:23 PM   #15
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Cascade, Fuggle, Sterling & Mt. Hood 2nd years are all up in CT. They are growing over an inch a day with this weather we've been having!

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Old 04-11-2010, 02:00 AM   #16
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If you want to see crazy hop growth, try groing them in an EarthBox-type container...

www.earthtainer.org

Truly insane on year 2!

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Old 04-11-2010, 05:01 AM   #17
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I've never heard of this "earth-tainer", but if what I'm reading is half true I want to rip up my raised garden and rebuild it. Anyone else use this technique?

My raised garden had drip hoses on top, which feed water to the hops. The plan is to attach the drip hoses to rain barrels so I don't have to use city water. I could still keep this plan, but lower my water consumption by using an earthtainer. Crap, I need to rethink my whole hop garden.

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Old 04-11-2010, 03:27 PM   #18
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My Newport Hops (Year 2, grown in an EarthBox) are now approximately a foot taller than my Magnum Hops (Year 3, grown in a planter), and 2 to 2 1/2 feet taller than my Cascade Hops (Year 3, grown in a planter). I'm thinking that next year I'm moving them all to Earthboxes!

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Old 04-11-2010, 05:45 PM   #19
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my third years are trying to take over my lawn!

i know - not much of a lawn anyways

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Chinook are going crazy, they are like 3-4 feet now. I'm trimming back all but 4 bines on each plant. My poles are only 10ft...gonna have to figure something out when they get there.

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