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Title: Hops on clay
Post by: Steve Ruch on May 24, 2018, 12:14:05 AM
I may try growing hops at my new place next year. There seems to be a good deal of clay here. What are my chances of success?
Title: Re: Hops on clay
Post by: Brewmeisters on May 24, 2018, 01:33:25 AM
You could always make a few small 2'x2' boxes and put soil in them and then plant your hops in there.
YouTube has some great videos about growing hops.
Title: Re: Hops on clay
Post by: kramerog on May 24, 2018, 01:40:49 PM
Clay in and of itself shouldn't be a problem.  Plenty of people grow hops in Chicagoland.  But Chicagoland probably has more rain than Crescent City?  Find out from local folks what grows successfully in your area.  A raised bed is a good idea regardless otherwise the hops will want to spread all over the place.
Title: Re: Hops on clay
Post by: Steve Ruch on May 24, 2018, 11:07:35 PM
Clay in and of itself shouldn't be a problem.  Plenty of people grow hops in Chicagoland.  But Chicagoland probably has more rain than Crescent City?  Find out from local folks what grows successfully in your area. 
Crescent City gets a lot of rain, my son refers to it as a tropical rain forest.
I plan to show up at the next meeting of the small local homebrew club, hopefully one of the members will have had success with hops.
Title: Re: Hops on clay
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 24, 2018, 11:32:55 PM
Clay in and of itself shouldn't be a problem.  Plenty of people grow hops in Chicagoland.  But Chicagoland probably has more rain than Crescent City?  Find out from local folks what grows successfully in your area. 
Crescent City gets a lot of rain, my son refers to it as a tropical rain forest.
I plan to show up at the next meeting of the small local homebrew club, hopefully one of the members will have had success with hops.
You could ask if anyone has dug a big hole and filed it in with some nice loamy dirt and other stuff.

As a friend said about my area (gravel- which drains well), dig a $50 hole for a $5 plant and it will do well.

Title: Re: Hops on clay
Post by: Wilbur on May 25, 2018, 10:57:45 PM
I'm growing Columbus in Central IL, it seems to do just fine. Our area is very heavy clay, hardiness zone 5b. Keep in mind mine are in more shade than is probably good for them. Last year I got about 2 lbs dry equivalent. There's also a bunch growing wild along one of the bike trails, not sure what the variety is though. Rumor has it some hops fell of the train on the way to the PBR factory and took off from there. You can try and mix in some compost or something to amend the soil, try calling your local extension office for tips.
Title: Re: Hops on clay
Post by: mabrungard on May 26, 2018, 01:42:37 AM
With enough improvement to the soil, hops should grow fine. The thing to watch out for is to avoid creating a sink that doesn't drain. Hops like moist, but not wet. The setting has to drain sufficiently.
Title: Re: Hops on clay
Post by: reverseapachemaster on June 06, 2018, 03:03:25 AM
My old house had a lot of clay. Hops did ok directly in the ground but I had problems any time the ground dried out too much because it turns into a literal brick. I eventually moved the hops into raised beds with a mix of potting soil and natural soil and they grew a lot better.
Title: Re: Hops on clay
Post by: Brewmeisters on June 07, 2018, 12:18:07 AM
I'm growing Cascade, Centennial and Columbus in my back yard.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
 They've really taken off, but it also been really dry lately. Time will tell after this string of storms goes through the area.