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Old 03-13-2011, 10:32 PM   #1
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I am growing hops for the first time this year. At first I thought to go with large pots. The reason? I've heard that hops can become almost invasive and take over. Am I too worried about that? I have room to put it right into the ground, but I don't want it to go sideways on me.

So, should I go with pots--favoring control?
Should I go right into the ground--ease, expense and better growth possibilities?

 
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:53 PM   #2
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i buried 5 gal buckets in the ground (drilled) and planted in the buckets. its a little of both, except there is NO water being wicked up from below.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:58 AM   #3
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I keep reading that five gallons is too small. What has your experience been?

 
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:05 AM   #4
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the root ball doesn't need to get much gbigger than a basketball, from what I saw. so far i'm good. i'll report back later in the summer, too.
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:30 AM   #5
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1st year plants in my experience wont get too out of control so there would not really be a difference between potting or not for the first year. I myself am trying to come up with a good way to grow in a planter for this year. There are a lot of options and opinions out there but remember that hops take a lot of attention so if you give that attention then they should not get too out of whether or not you pot or not.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:18 PM   #6
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I'm torn. I planted everything in ground. I pulled a few to see if I should trim them. Some of them were three feet deep. Originally I wasn't concerned but now I am. I may need to pull them all from my raised garden and put them in boxes.

 
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:08 PM   #7
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I'm torn. I planted everything in ground. I pulled a few to see if I should trim them. Some of them were three feet deep. Originally I wasn't concerned but now I am. I may need to pull them all from my raised garden and put them in boxes.
The ROOTS can and will grow their way down to China - it's the rhizomes that you have to keep in check. The roots cannot regenerate, that's what the rhizomes job is. All you have to do once they're established is do an early spring 'pruning' by digging around the crown and get rid of any rhizomes creeping away from the crown. Once you get the hang of it you can follow them all the way back to the crown and cut them at that point. This yearly activity will keep most varieties in check. Some vigorous ones should be entirely dug out about every 3 years or so and severely cut back. It only took me about 20 years to realize the last point! Remember, we have the shovels. Grow on!

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Old 03-14-2011, 05:28 PM   #8
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Thanks bhoppy your advice is always appreciate. Know that I now realize my hoops aren't out of control. Just almost out of control. Lol.

 
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:37 PM   #9
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Just almost out of control. Lol.
There's a fine line, just make sure to stay on the right side - if not you should probably get a better shovel!

 
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:46 PM   #10
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After going through and planting 2 varieties in containers, I probably wouldnt do it again. They become huge root balls and the entire container becomes one big root. I had some holes drilled in the bottom of mine for tap roots and the roots probably got 2 feet down in the ground. I am sure you could put in some sort of garden divider to enclose a hop plant if you were really into stopping the roots.

 
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