Growing hops in planters. Any advice?` - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Hops Growing > Growing hops in planters. Any advice?`

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-18-2010, 04:35 PM   #1
BrewsterT
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Salt lake city
Posts: 29


Has anybody out there grown hops in planters? I have two cascades and a chinook planted in large planters(20 in opening) and I have them planted in miracle grow. Has anybody done this that can offer me some advice? I plan on growing them on hop cord(can't remember what it is really called) and runnung the cord through a hook so that as the vines grow up I can run more cord when they reach the top I can coil the vine and give the hops more room to climb. Is this a solid plan or is there something else I could do?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2010, 04:46 PM   #2
extra_medium
 
extra_medium's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
beavercreek, ohio
Posts: 212
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


it is a solid plan. i am doing it as have many others on this forum. the root balls get pretty large, just make for sure you use a big enough planter...i am using those 20gallon big ass buckets from Lowes, others have used those rectangle bins. drill holes for drainage and you are set.
__________________

Salute!

_____
~XM~

Best Hop Manual Ever
My brew sculpture

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2010, 04:51 PM   #3
BrewsterT
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Salt lake city
Posts: 29

Thanks for the input. I didn't drill any holes in the bottom of my planters for drainage. Is it something that I should do?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2010, 04:54 PM   #4
HBHoss
Chappell Brewery
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
HBHoss's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2008
Mariposa, CA
Posts: 8,220
Liked 125 Times on 123 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by BrewsterT View Post
Thanks for the input. I didn't drill any holes in the bottom of my planters for drainage. Is it something that I should do?
You will want to get holes in the bottom as soon as you can. You don't want mold and root rot going on at the bottom.
Here are my hops:
Click image for larger version

Name:	Glaciers 6-02-09.JPG
Views:	1366
Size:	156.3 KB
ID:	15647  

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2010, 04:57 PM   #5
extra_medium
 
extra_medium's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
beavercreek, ohio
Posts: 212
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


yeah, otherwise you have a bowl. they need drainage. you can put a couple in the sides that way water will collect in the bottom and not drain completely out. a few 1/8 holes should work. you just don't want water filling the container and drowning/rotting the plant plus it would invite other nasties that would damage your plants.
__________________

Salute!

_____
~XM~

Best Hop Manual Ever
My brew sculpture

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2010, 05:06 PM   #6
steinsato
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
steinsato's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Santa Fe, NM
Posts: 1,232
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts


I would also suggest putting a layer of rocks or broken pots into the bottom of your planters as well to allow even more drainage.
__________________
"The ordinary world is only the foam on top of the real world." Tom Robbins (B is for Beer)
"It's a beautiful day for baseball. Let's play two." Ernie Banks

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2010, 05:51 PM   #7
HBHoss
Chappell Brewery
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
HBHoss's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2008
Mariposa, CA
Posts: 8,220
Liked 125 Times on 123 Posts


Here's an example of one years difference:

05-18-09
Click image for larger version

Name:	Hops 5-18-09.jpg
Views:	569
Size:	91.7 KB
ID:	15648

and 05-18-10
Click image for larger version

Name:	05-18-10 Hops1.jpg
Views:	558
Size:	191.8 KB
ID:	15649

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2010, 12:55 AM   #8
SOB
 
SOB's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2006
Delaware, OH
Posts: 931
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by steinsato View Post
I would also suggest putting a layer of rocks or broken pots into the bottom of your planters as well to allow even more drainage.
I would not suggest to do this...this actually hinders drainage. I've been told the reason a couple times before but cant remember the logic behind it. Search the forums if you want the reason but just do soil with no rocks, gravel, broken pots, etc...

EDIT: Here is the latest time it came up...
Quote:
Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer View Post
I forget the term but it's to do with dissimilar material transference. For example, the soil locks in betwen the gravel and essentially creates a dam. Wheras if the entire bed where of the same composition fluid would move through it with no change in resistance.
__________________
"So we were slammin' beers in the church parking lot..."

"I'm much too young to feel this damn old"


 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2010, 02:33 PM   #9
GVH_Dan
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
GVH_Dan's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2009
McFarland (Madison), WI
Posts: 1,110
Liked 257 Times on 185 Posts


Cut the drainage holes, but place something underneath the pot. I had roots running out of the bottom of my pots and into the ground...somewhat defeating the purpose of putting them in pots.

I also do the drop coir from top and keep feeding it, but additionally, I'm using a telescoping pole this year so I can extend it up to 12 feet but still retract the whole thing at the end of the year.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2010, 02:33 PM   #10
steinsato
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
steinsato's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Santa Fe, NM
Posts: 1,232
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts


I'd say that theory only "holds water" (pun intended) if you use a lot of gravel.
__________________
"The ordinary world is only the foam on top of the real world." Tom Robbins (B is for Beer)
"It's a beautiful day for baseball. Let's play two." Ernie Banks

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Growing Hops in planters larrybrewer Hops Growing 65 06-05-2014 05:14 AM
Anyone grow hops in DIY wooden planters? schreck Hops Growing 0 04-20-2010 02:00 PM
Growing Hops its02003 Recipes/Ingredients 10 04-08-2010 01:08 AM
Growing hops roryspa General Techniques 4 03-23-2007 12:47 AM
Hops Growing pilkinga General Beer Discussion 2 01-05-2005 02:22 PM


Forum Jump