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Old 05-30-2013, 12:46 PM   #11
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I should also mention that I also put about 2 gallons of water with a tablespoon of miracle grow on them, so maybe my problem is over-fertilization too. But I definitely noticed the brown on my leaves befer fertilizing and after the frost. I'd be curious to see what other diagnoses there are for this.
What is the nitrogen level in the miracle grow that u use?
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:30 PM   #12
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What is the nitrogen level in the miracle grow that u use?
It was general purpose 15-30-15. They're getting pretty big now so I'm going to start watering them more often.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:21 PM   #13
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Here are some of mine

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Old 06-03-2013, 05:33 PM   #14
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you have spider mites...dont worry it happens in every hopyard. I use two types of spray: zeal or Vendex miticide, you can order online. If you turn the leaves over you will see the tiny bumps clusted together. Good Luck

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Old 06-08-2013, 02:42 PM   #15
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I think you may have several issues

1.) Mites / small pests (as suggested)

2.) Possible over-watering. I know this seems counter-intuitive considering how everyone talks about how much water hops need, but when growing in a container the soil retains moisture for a far greater amount of time. Allow your soil to dry out before watering again. I live in Colorado, which is fairly arid, and I water my container hops once every two to three days, as an example.

3.) Drainage...This goes along with # 2 in that you have a very large trash can there and I can imagine your roots becoming waterlogged if the soil isnt loamy enough. Some have suggested mixing gravel in with the soil to increase drainage. I prefer peat moss. The best way to judge your own soil would be to grab a clump of it. You shouldn't be able to form it into a ball and have it keep its shape...the soil should be loose, dry, and healthy. ALSO, I assume you drilled some holes in the bottom of that baby?

4.) Fertilizer. Be careful using Miracle-Gro with your hops. Synthetic ammonium phosphate fertilizers (like Miracle-Gro) can acidify your soil beyond the proper PH range, causing the roots to suffer. I like to recommend this fertilizer. It's light, safe and organic, and when paired with proper soil preparation, only needs 2 to 3 applications over the course of the season.

5.) Your 5th and final issue is that you only have one beer. I like to go through a six-pack when working with my hops.

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