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Old 06-19-2013, 10:37 PM   #41
IanJ
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Will be moving to LA (hopefully) by the end of this year, and if so, I'm hoping to get started on a small setup.

Anybody have advice for growing season, planting time, etc. so I can be prepared?



 
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:57 PM   #42
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http://www.byo.com/component/k2/item...-in-containers

Plant in mid-march or early april. Full sun. You'll find tons of info in the hops growing section.



 
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:33 AM   #43
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Here is a picture of my Centennial from about a week ago. It looks to be about 12 feet long. It is forming cones.

Does the plant stop growing once it forms cones? I have not seen it grow much ever since cones started forming.

Do you water the hop plants more now that the cones are forming or do you water them less? Currently I am watering hops about once every 3 days.

When are cones usually ready for harvest in Southern California?
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:38 PM   #44
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1st year Cascade. Best of all my plants this year.
Down below, 2nd year Centennial, doing all right, but probably no cones this year...
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:30 PM   #45
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Here are some pictures of my first year Centennial hops growing out of a pot. It has about 40 cones on it. I can't wait to harvest them and brew with them I am sure when I weigh them that it won't come out to much.

I fertilized them with comfrey that is growing from my yard. I just cut comfrey leaves and lay them in the pot with rocks on top of the leaves to prevent them from being blown away by the wind.

I have no clue if I am over or under-fertilizing, but I figure that comfrey leaves would be a slow release form of fertilizing so I don't worry about it too much.
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:19 PM   #46
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It might be a little early to ask this question, but when should I expect my second year hops to break dormancy and beginning growing again this season?

Anybody in Southern California have hops that have begun to grow this year yet?

 
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:51 PM   #47
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You'll likely see some movement in early April. I find some varieties come up earlier than others (for instance, Cascades tend to be earlier than Chinook for me). I feel like when they start going is a product of how cool things stay in early spring, with soil temperatures raising, and the nighttime lows becoming warmer, as the major influencing factors.

The warm shot of weather we had the last couple weeks didn't get my hops moving but I had a blackberry bush that was confused about what season we were in.

 
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:36 PM   #48
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Excellent, I am kinda anxious about my second year Centennials that I started in a pot last year. I hope they survived the winter.

 
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:04 PM   #49
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You could take a look-see if you're really nervous. You can identify rhizomes with the new growth buds/tips fairly easily. I'd take that plant out of the pot in the next month or two and divide it into several more rhizomes and plant them, in something larger. More soil volume tends to translate into more vigorous growth and more harvested hops. An eight gallon pot is definitely limiting to even a first year plant, in my opinion. If you're stuck on growing them in containers, see if you can source a 24" or bigger nursery box (like the ones trees and palms tend to be planted in) or a half wine/whiskey barrel makes a good one, too. I find that you have to water hops more in containers but you can control their growing environment better, especially if there's a lot of root competition from mature trees/shrubs, and so on.

 
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:06 PM   #50
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I figured that I would need a bigger planter for my hops. The 8 gallon was a just a temporary solution until I could get a bigger planter or find space in the ground.

Is it okay to divide rhizomes from my plant considering that I grew it from a rhizome just last year and this is just the beginning of its second year?



 
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