hop growing GURUS - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > hop growing GURUS

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-09-2006, 12:01 AM   #1
Jaybird
Sponsor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
 
Jaybird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2006
Nor*Cal
Posts: 7,476
Liked 944 Times on 667 Posts



SO... Can you grow hops in a planter and how big of a planter. See I dont want to grow some here at my current house because its just an income property and I plan to sell it withim a few years. So I would like to establish some hops but only if I can grow them in a large planter to take with me when I sell. What do ya think???
Thanks
JJ

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2006, 12:54 AM   #2
myersn024
Recipes 
 
Jul 2006
Posts: 113

I don't know anything about growing hops, but I'd bet you could dig them up and transplant them without too much of a problem.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2006, 01:11 AM   #3
EdWort
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
EdWort's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2006
Bee Cave, Texas
Posts: 11,914
Liked 337 Times on 169 Posts


Sure you can use a big planter. You just need something up high to attached a thin wire or twine to so the hops can climb it. After you harvest the hops, your planter just has come cut vines sticking out of it, so off you go to your new digs with the pot of hops.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2006, 01:53 AM   #4
Jaybird
Sponsor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
 
Jaybird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2006
Nor*Cal
Posts: 7,476
Liked 944 Times on 667 Posts


So. are the same rizomes in the ground all the time or do you dig them up every year and plant new ones

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2006, 02:39 AM   #5

Jaybird,

You should put them in the biggest planter possible that you can still move.

I saw somebody who used 1/2 of a wooden barrel. Go to http://www.Freshops.com They have some photos. Read the info on the website it will answer a lot of your questions.

Most of the time the rhizomes are left in the ground. They develop an intricate network of roots that should stay undisturbed. Over the winter the hops in the ground should be covered with dirt & mulch. Year after year the get more vigorous growth due to the root networks ability to absorb moisture & nutrients quickly. Growth is a wopping 8-12" per day in June and July!!

If you have small containers you should try to bring them inside during the winter.

Hop rhizomes are cheap. $3.50 each. You could leave them there when you move out or take root cuttings. Or just dig them up and attempt to transplant. The time of your move would make a diiference in your decision. After April & May they will be growing like mad. You need to plant them in the ground around Easter.

Grow them one season and you'll know what you need to do.

I started with Cascade & Nugget. I harvested 2.5 oz of cascade and 1 oz the nugget. I have two plants each. These are the most vigorous growers and are Freshops starting recomendation. This is my first season. Two plants, one each grew like gangbusters and the others grew slow. All provided to the harvest. I will get another once or so before the first frost. Next year I should get tons 24-32oz. By the way the aroma is awesome when you harvest!!!

Photos of my hops: http://boozinsusansbrewery.spaces.live.com/

Drying is easy. I took an old dresser, pulled out the drawers, drilled large holes all over the drawers and then lined them with furnace filter cloth. I dumped the hops in the drawers closed them to just a crack and put a fan in the back to blow air through the drawers. They dried in less than two days, but I let them dry a week. The set-up was in the basement.

My wife thought I was obessed by how much care I gave them. Said somethin' like we wouldn't argue as much if I paid that much attention to her. I said if you start makin' beer I would!!!!
__________________
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. - Dale Carnegie

On Tap; Special Export, Spring SmaSH Summit, House Amber.

BS Nano-Brewery

|Myeast 50327|Easy Hop Oast|Smoked Homebrew|


 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hop growing schedule and year-round growing in CA? tekhna Hops Growing 8 11-23-2009 01:40 AM
? for IT & Network Gurus Brewing Clamper General Chit Chat 20 09-13-2008 12:36 PM
OK all you AG gurus ohiobrewtus All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 18 05-26-2007 09:01 PM
Web Gurus TxBrew General Chit Chat 10 11-04-2006 08:26 PM


Forum Jump