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Old 03-25-2012, 05:51 PM   #1
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Hello All,

I'm currently renting a house that we will be moving out of this winter. I have six crowns coming in from Great Lakes Hops this week and I was wondering what you guys suggest we plant them in. I'll be putting up two 10 foot teepees for them to grow up (I can't put anything bigger in here). I've considered a) putting them in the ground and digging them up in the winter b) putting them in 5 gallon lowes buckets or c) using grow bags (like the ones found here: http://www.amazon.com/Grow-Bags-gall...2697621&sr=1-6)

Any ideas? Thanks!


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Old 03-25-2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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B seems convenient. I know that a lot of peopel use 5 gallon buckets in situations where they might have to move... uh... other, somewhat similar plants. Grow bags will work, but buckets provide an "exoskeleton" for the root system in transit. That being said, I would look for containers that allow for more lateral root growth than a standard 5 gall. bucket. Maybe something like a big tote bin?


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I use grow bags. The problem is when it starts to get warm the plastic provides zero insulation so the soil (and roots) gets hot and dries out quickly. When they dry out they will tear open when you try to move them. I assume buckets will produce the same problems with drying out, although they won't tear open.

Once I have the time this spring I am going to build a large box around the bags and fill it with mulch to give it a raised bed appearance and help insulate the bags. If you can't sink the bags or buckets -- whichever you end up using -- consider a thicker or large container to help keep moisture and cool roots.
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Tote's seem to be a bit on the expensive side (wedding coming up) and I see the problem with the lateral growth in the 5 gallon. Would it be too hard on the plant/me to dig them up in the fall/spring?
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$7 at Lowes. 20 Gallon totes with handles. I have several. I'm planning on putting rhizomes in till next year.
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How's you're woodworking? You could go with something like this.
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Those are awesome!

What did you use to make them? Are they very mobile?
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Tote's seem to be a bit on the expensive side (wedding coming up) and I see the problem with the lateral growth in the 5 gallon. Would it be too hard on the plant/me to dig them up in the fall/spring?
Put it in the ground, and if you have to dig up the crown this winter, then dig up the crown. There's no better time to dig up the crown than in the winter.
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I am in a similar situation except I have no choice to grow them in pots on my roof. I think I will be going with 20gal pots from the local nursery ($10 each) but am unsure how what type of soil to fill them with. The guy at the nursery wants me to buy great organic stuff that is about $20-40 for 3 cu feet and I just can't afford that.

I have no intention of thread hijacking but what were you planning on filling your pots with?
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I have no intention of thread hijacking but what were you planning on filling your pots with?
mix of:
- garden soil
- peat moss
- manure
- sand
- native soil (i.e. the clay that surrounds where they're planted, and where the roots will eventually dig into. this isn't an option or a concern for roof-top pots).

items listed in approximate decreasing order. if i had to put percentages: 30, 30, 15, 15, 10. roughly.


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