I replanted a 3-yr-old hallertauer this year into Miracle Grow garden soil mixed with Alabama topsoil and so far the poor plant has struggled to even stay alive. It's been fairly cold in Maine still and the past week has been mostly rain but it seems like the plant just can't get itself growing. The main bine (that reached ~3ft at its peak) decided one day to start turning brown and dropping leaves like crazy - within 2 days the entire bine had withered away. I keep getting new bines sprouting up but every one that seems to get around 5" or so just stops growing, and I'm lucky if the leaves don't turn brown and fall off like the other bines have. Underwatering hasn't been an issue, and the soil has great drainage so overwatering shouldn't be severely problematic. I've supplemented with 12-4-8 fertilizer (I've read hops like a lot of nitrogen) but still no decent growth. I'm hoping once the sun returns I'll see a change but so far this useless plant has me tearing my hair out for 3 years in a row...
"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed"