Soil for containers? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Hops Growing > Soil for containers?

Thread Tools
Old 05-22-2013, 06:27 PM   #1
Dec 2011
chatham, il
Posts: 742
Liked 19 Times on 17 Posts

What soil are most of your container growers going with?

I made a mixture of garden soil (bag), sand, and mushroom compost. Basically it was 3 bags of soil, 1 sand, 1 compost. Seemed to be a well draining soil and so far the plants are growing well.

I live in central IL so our natural soil is great for ag. production.... as long as you aren't in a subdivison where they have scraped off all the top soil... oh wait.... I do live there....

Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2013, 06:30 PM   #2
Aug 2012
Moorestown, NJ
Posts: 463
Liked 79 Times on 55 Posts

I've gone with the miracle grow potting mix w/ moisture control. They seem to grow well with it.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2013, 07:01 PM   #3
Jan 2010
Northeast, Maine
Posts: 39

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"
-Charles Darwin

Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2013, 07:04 PM   #4
Sep 2012
Arlington, Washington
Posts: 70
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

My first pot was last night, used Flower/Vegi soil.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
soil mix for hops krenshaw Hops Growing 5 03-22-2013 07:17 PM
Help with reccomended soil mix. zanemoseley Hops Growing 4 02-18-2013 04:08 PM
Soil additions Stevo2569 Hops Growing 3 04-12-2012 01:18 PM
soil PH meter hammer one Equipment/Sanitation 5 03-14-2009 03:38 PM
hops in SOIL....... cheezydemon Hops Growing 3 03-31-2008 01:44 PM

Forum Jump