1st Time growing hops...some Qs

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BSBrewer

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So I just bought a house in August and have really gotten into the homebrewing since.

At the back of my property there is 7 8'x3' planter boxes that the old owner had tons of veges in and I was thinking of dedicating a few to growing hops.

I was thinking of ordering from here: http://www.beer-wine.com/products/hop-rhizomes but how many of these would I need per planter?

From what I've read you shouldn't allow 2 types to cross so I figured each planter will be dedicated to one type of hops.

Thoughts on how many to order?
 

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Lucky you! I would go with 3 of each kind (one on each end of the bed and one in the middle). Then follow the usual "how-to" guidance about only letting the 3 or 4 strongest bines grow each year. If you want more rhizomes, you will be able to dig them up in a couple years and divide them. And if you are on a real tight budget, you can start with just one of each and divide them in a couple years. They will increase and multiply! The trade-off is time and money. But I don't think I would ever go with more than, say, five in beds that size. They will choke each other out.
 

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If you want lots of hops, I would do 7 types, with spaced 2' so thats 3-4 plants per box. The first year, you may not get many hops, I had a very good first year, with 3/4# per plant, but don't count on it.

I got my plants from freshops.com Lots of good info there also.
 

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i ordered my yesterday from midwest supplies for 4.25 each
CASCADE
FUGGLE
GOLDING
HALLERTAU
HORIZON
NUGGET
TETTNANG
Subtotal 29.75, free shipping.:mug:
i tryed to grow hops last year but thanks to my brother and weed killer it didint work out.:mad: i have to move my trelis to different spot this time.
 
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any recommendation on what a 1st time grower should go with?

I'm doing Cascade without a doubt but I'm torn on what my 2nd/3rd choices should be...thoughts on most versatile
 

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Depends on what you like to brew. I went with Cascade, Centennial & Magnum for IPA's.
 

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Wish I could find Glacier rhizomes. Anyone seen them?

Magnum is a definite so you can brew a harvest IPA with some certainty that it will have some bitterness.

Giving thought to growing on the fence and the kids playhouse this year too!
 
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well just placed my order with Midwest - going for Cascade and Centennial (since I just had a bangin IPA made with them and I want to try and replicate it)

guess we will see how much of a green (or black) thumb I have!
 
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