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Old 03-22-2013, 08:17 PM   #11
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Some pictures of the hops before trimming. Trimming on second year and older hops creates more uniform and productive growth, or so I've read.


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Old 03-22-2013, 08:38 PM   #12
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A sharp pair of pruners and 15 minutes of work yields clean beds. At the end of April or mid may ill select the six of the strongest bines per plant and cut the rest. Ill keep the strongest three strung up and the weaker three on ground as possible replacements if a bine fails.


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Old 03-22-2013, 08:46 PM   #13
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Are those bins like 2ftx2ftx5ft? Being that they seem to be on concrete, they probably aren't bottomless. And you have ~4 different varieties in each bin? I'm no hop expert, but I think you are really crowding those babies. Everything I've read says you need at least 5ft between different varieties, and 3 ft between plantings of the same variety. They also have very big root systems, so you need a lot of room for them to grow down too. If you don't move those, I'm pretty sure you are going to have a big mess on your hands. But again, I'm no hop expert. I plan on growing my first this year....
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:04 PM   #14
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Are those bins like 2ftx2ftx5ft? Being that they seem to be on concrete, they probably aren't bottomless. And you have ~4 different varieties in each bin? I'm no hop expert, but I think you are really crowding those babies. Everything I've read says you need at least 5ft between different varieties, and 3 ft between plantings of the same variety. They also have very big root systems, so you need a lot of room for them to grow down too. If you don't move those, I'm pretty sure you are going to have a big mess on your hands. But again, I'm no hop expert. I plan on growing my first this year....
They are indeed a bit crowded as I found out last year. Unfortunately the is all the space I have for the time being. The two smaller containers are 2x2x6 and the larger one is 2x2x8. Because they are so close together I will be pruning and training aggressively this year. The bins are slightly off the ground with bung in the back removed and they have about a dozen holes in the bottom of each for drainage. There are 4 in one of the small ones six in the larger one and only one in the last one due to limited light. I choose to plant like this because I rent and wanted to be able to move them somewhat easily.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:07 PM   #15
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New hops are potted up! Need to get a little more soil to top them off as well as some Gorilla Hair mulch to go on top. After they start to sprout ill hit them with some Growers Secret which I had great success with last year.
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:08 PM   #16
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Just a heads up about gorilla hair (shredded redwood) as a mulch; it robs the soil of Nitrogen. A better mulch to use for water retention and even as a moderate feeder through watering would be composted green waste.
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Just a heads up about gorilla hair (shredded redwood) as a mulch; it robs the soil of Nitrogen. A better mulch to use for water retention and even as a moderate feeder through watering would be composted green waste.
I assume you are referring to the fact that the mulch inhabits the growth of nitrogen producing bacteria? I'm not to concerned about that as the soil has been uncover up until about a week ago. I'm not too concerned about the soil fertility as It started as a 50/50 blend of high test compost and sandy loam last springing and received regular liquid organic 5-2-1 fertilizer applications through out the growing season as it will this season as well.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:41 PM   #18
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My fuggle and centennial are popping up! I planted 4 chinook rhizomes this year as well.

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Old 03-26-2013, 04:05 AM   #19
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Looks great hop hero! Weather report says I should get some rain this Wednesday so my hops should be back up in a week or two. Keep the photos coming everyone!
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:05 AM   #20
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Some new pictures


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