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BigAl

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Hi All,

This post is for those who grow their own hops. This is the thirst year my two hops plants have been growing.

Season 1 - Planted hop rhizomes, minimal growth, spindly plants grow till about 2m high by the end of summer
Season 2 - Plants grew till about 2m, then died, came back to life with some tlc by fellow brew gardener extrodenair.
Season 3 (this season) - Hops grew till about 2m, slowed up a bit, but after watering twice daily have taken off again.

This is how they look now:

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kungy

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Planted my first rhizome late november, started slowly, thought it actually died in the mail,but has come back to life. Now about 2 m. Just need to find some more space for it to grow up to, and a way of dispatching a possum that seems to be crawling over it each night. Woke up this morning to find possum fur trapped on all the leaves

Will
 

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What time of the year are the rhizomes available to buy?

they don't seem ot be available at all the places on the net i can find. I really want to grow some this year.
 

Jino

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Thanks. I'll order some chinook and hersbrucker when they are in at Grumpys.
 

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Sorry to hijack, but what are rhizomes exactly?
 

big d

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berto
its basically the root stock that will produce new shoots when planted.

cheers
big d
 

kungy

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Think Ginger, or galangal. These are rhizomes

Will
 

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Here are my Cluster and Hallertau, they spent a year in pots and now they are 2nd year in ground.

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...and here is Cluster up close

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...and now the Hallertau

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...and now Hallertau up close.

tdh

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well only into my first season and the ol POR is going pretty good (as far as i can tell) up here in the NT. just had another growth spurt and is begining to look good. Can't wait for my first hop cone :)
 

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I received an SMS today that says there are 50-100 flowers on my chinook 'bush', with more still coming out the leaf axils. What's the usual flower-to-cone success rate on a first-season plantt?
 

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TDH,

Theyre going great guns :p . My experience with them in pots is that they very very quickly dry out and need watering almost constantly. Its probably a bit cooler in Adelaide, maybe that helps a bit also. I think i will one day plant them in the ground in a place im happy to let the roots take over.

Cheers.
 

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OR just get a drip system setup so there is dribble of water going in there at certain times
 

tdh

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I use my old plastic mash tun to water the hops (I'm sure there's a synergy that the hops can feel). I open the tap to a slow drip and it gets about 10 litres in a cuppla hours.

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Here's a closeup of my Hersbruker - 1st year and in a pot.... in Perth. It would have around 50 flowers at this stage. :)

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