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bigchicken:
I don't know how they'll do in the planter, but only put 1 rhizome in there for sure. I've read they should be planted 10 feet apart. My 2nd year Nugget hops had shoots coming up a couple feet from the rest of the plant. I imagine this year they'll grow even further from the plant site.

charliemartel:
Different climate, and I've only been growing hops for a year, but here in NC I've got twenty or thirty plants in the 14" clay pots they sell at the hardware store.  I only planted one rhizome in each pot, but for the first year at least they seemed happy enough - the vines all got about 18' tall and most of them set cones.  I was very diligent about watering, fertilizing, and keeping the pests off of them, so that may have been a factor.  I expect I'll have to transplant most of them this year, or un-pot them and prune the roots or something (assuming they overwintered OK)

morticaixavier:

--- Quote from: bigchicken on January 18, 2013, 11:52:44 AM ---I don't know how they'll do in the planter, but only put 1 rhizome in there for sure. I've read they should be planted 10 feet apart. My 2nd year Nugget hops had shoots coming up a couple feet from the rest of the plant. I imagine this year they'll grow even further from the plant site.

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the 10' apart is for different varieties. you can plant rhizomes 2'-3' apart and they will be fine. If they are different varieties you are going to have a heck of a time sorting them out come harvest time and even more come root pruning time.

reverseapachemaster:
I grow mine in grow bags, which are five gallon bags with holes in the bottom. I then constructed a raised bed in a corner of the yard and filled in the space between the bags with mulch so it has the appearance of a single raised bed garden but each plant is divided so it cannot intermingle horizontally with other plants but it can grow through the holes in the bottom as deep as it wants. I'm sure after a few years I will need to cut down some of the root ball and replant some of it elsewhere. I'll probably plant some at my parents along the chain link fence at my parents' house when that time comes. For now my plants are pretty small so I'm not too worried. I have four bags for hops and five bags for vegetables in the garden. I grow a rosemary bush on one end and the other four vegetable bags grow a combination of tomatoes and peppers. The vegetables are set up to be a sun shield for the hop roots but the hops can then grow up to the trellis canopy. If I can ever reach a point where I have an actual harvest it's going to be a PITA because the hops will intermingle in the trellis but I had limited options due to the HOA rules on what can stand higher than the fence.

You might consider a similar set up if you are trying to limit the space used and make it look a little nicer. I find the grow bags do not survive well sitting directly in the sun during the summer because they will dry out and crack. When you try to move them they will split apart on you.

bigchicken:

--- Quote from: morticaixavier on March 13, 2013, 07:39:26 AM ---
--- Quote from: bigchicken on January 18, 2013, 11:52:44 AM ---I don't know how they'll do in the planter, but only put 1 rhizome in there for sure. I've read they should be planted 10 feet apart. My 2nd year Nugget hops had shoots coming up a couple feet from the rest of the plant. I imagine this year they'll grow even further from the plant site.

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the 10' apart is for different varieties. you can plant rhizomes 2'-3' apart and they will be fine. If they are different varieties you are going to have a heck of a time sorting them out come harvest time and even more come root pruning time.

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That's why I love this forum. I learn something from it every day! I appreciate the info.

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