my mystery hop has hops!
ok...they're tiny hops, nowhere near harvest, but onto the point of the post.
this plant has been showing signs of either potassium or phosphorus deficiency (i can't keep them straight...)
so i've been giving it 0-10-10 fertilizer to try to combat this. it's become an annoying cycle of notice deficiency, add fertilizer. signs of dificiency go away for 4-5 days, then come back.
the soil around this hop (it's in a planter) has become very compact, so i'm thinking this is causing the rapid nutrient loss.
does that sound likely?
secondly, if that is the likely root (no pun intended) cause, is there anything i can do about it during the growing season? or should i continue with the 0-10-10 and fix it during the dormant season?
my understanding is that peat moss is the best remedy for compact soil. i'm just worried that if i try to mix in some peat moss i'll damage the roots and or break the bine.