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Old 08-13-2009, 04:40 AM   #1
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I took my first stab at growing hops this year, with 4 cascades and 2 nugget plants. One of each cascade and nugget grew like crazy and reached 14+ feet pretty really in the season. The cascade has lots of nice looking hop cones on it, but the nugget has only sparse hop cones. the other four grew VERY slow and are quite spindly. Those four are all only about 6 feet tall at this point. My question is, do first year hops have to grow a certain amount in the first season, to guarantee that they come back next spring? Will these 6 foot plants be established enough to grow back next season, or should I plan on replacing those 4 with new rhizomes next year? Also, is this common with first year hops, or is there most likely some underlining problem here?

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Old 08-13-2009, 12:31 PM   #2
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Think of what the rhizome looked like when you planted it this spring. Basically it was a little piece of root, maybe 6 inches long. Now think about what the root system must look like on a 6 foot tall plant. The more green above ground, the more root under ground. Next year will be like...well, planting a rhizome from a 6 foot tall hop plant!
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First year hops vary a great deal. You seem to have covered the range. They should all do better next year, so let them grow.

I have one first year hop and it is only 3 feet tall.
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