LOL, as I said, I neglected them & didn't get a single hop from them this (my first) year.
However, the guy I got cuttings from had planted them in a raised bed, & used some good quality potting soil & vermiculite (I believe) to create a nice loose, rich soil for them. And he watered them every day for a few months after planting them.
Mine were doing well in pots until I transplanted them into some pretty poor soil with lots of mulch under a large pine tree. In retrospect, despite the large amount of organic mulch I used, the soil simply wasn't ready. Also, hops need all the sun you can give them. So I will transplant them in the spring to a sunnier spot on the south side of my house.
Hope that helps. lol, advice from someone who hasn't successfully harvested a single hop cone!
Don't drink & drive. Don't even putt.
- Dean Martin