I'm hoping it is being caused by too much watering. I literally soak them and I'm sure giving them more than a quart of water.....probably at least 1/2 gallon using a trickle from a hose starting with one plant then all four, then repeat 4-5 times.The joys of hop farming!!! LoL! If you believe that you are overwatering, change the interval. Baby plants, like what you have, are a more challenging task. They are more susceptible to everything. I mostly watered mine in the evening hours. It was still light out, but the intensity of the sun was mostly done. The plants would look a little parched, sometimes wilty, but within a 1/2 hour after watering, looked like they recovered. You might try a 2 watering routine. Early morning to give water for plants for the heat of the day, and at night to replenish if it was a hot day. Maybe about a 1/2 quart each, both times. Until they get larger and need more. The curling could be from damage in the transplant. You will have more shoots coming soon.
I was going to let them stay in the current 2.25-2.5 quart size containers for at least two weeks, possibly three weeks, and then transplant them into 15 gallon grow bags. I'm not sure how fast the root system will spread in the current containers and I did not want to transplant them again too soon and have all the soil crumble when putting them into the larger containers since the roots had not enough time to spread.The transplant shock can last several days. How long before you get them in their larger bags? When you go to move them, just make a hole large enough to take the whole pots' worth. If you don't do it soon though, you'll have to take care when scooping them out, as some of the roots will be trying to escape thru the drainage holes in the pots.
I seriously suggest urine. Diluted. The best results I've seen are based in piss.I have been reading from various sources about suggested nitrogen levels. Sources from posts here in this forum range from using Miracle Grow 10-10-10 to 12-4-8 to 17-17-17.
Others suggest using granules with a slow release. Sources from universities like MSU give nitrogen recommendations based up pounds per acre which doesn't help me since I will be using 10 gallon grow bags.
For those of you that have hops planted in a small area, pot or grow bag, what are you using?
Currently, I have Miracle Grow in two concentrations (16-8-8 and 30-10-10).
Lastly, in the past I have used a Seaweed fertilizer on plants and vegetables....
Has anyone tried something like that?
OK so my hope plants JUST delivered today... My potting/soil mix already has some slow release fertilizer in there. Suggestions on fertilizing schedule? Tomorrow is May 1, and I haven't even planted them yet - tomorrow or later tonight. We had a TON of rain so the planters should have moist soil. I could plant them and check on them tomorrow after work.Hey TD! That looks to be a fairly decent hydro-lizer(new word! LoL). Skip the 6-12-28 at beginning and end...in the middle is good. Need to up the nitrogen at beginning...this is what I would do:
20(+)-0-0 for early feed...maybe last week in April
Both bags for 2nd feed 6-12-28 + 15-0-0 (which = 21-12-28) three weeks after 1st feed
Then last feed is beginning of June, just don't do it after the soltice...or you will spike the cone growth, not in a good way! When the cones are sprouting leaves 1/3 the way down the cone (often called wings or Angel wings) it is a tell tale sign that there was late nitrogen feed.
I like your set up too! I did entertain running ss cables for the permanent cable, but I know untangling them can sometimes be more effort than I want to spend. With the coir, I can just throw it in the burn pit!
I prefer live plants over rhizomes, and honestly have not tried to grow from seeds....my luck there would be that they all came up as males!!! LoL!
Looking good Tricky...Will be watching to see how you make out.
Ahhh, I would never have thought of that. I would have tied a knot. Or did that come from the manufacturer that way?First picture is just to show how fantastically coarse coconut coir is, in case you have not seen it. Hop bines really grip this. In the second picture, you can see where the coir is tightly wound, and appears thinner (both towards the top and bottom of the picture) but then it gets a little thicker and looks looser (center of picture). This is where 2 strands were braided together (weave or union) in order to be able to get the overall length required.