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Planting hop rhizomes
« on: March 26, 2010, 03:43:07 PM »
Got some hop rhizomes from wzl46 today. Dude has been hookin me up!!

 With great anticipation I plan on planting them.

Should I just till some soil and add some fertilizer?

Any other green thumb tricks I should know about.

Not much of a green thumb myself, grew some plants closely related to hops years ago but not sure that it is the same.

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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2010, 04:58:03 PM »
I don't know if it's the right way, but I dug a hole in our lovely clay about the size of a 5 gallon bucket, filled it in most of the way with soil and composted manure (50/50), planted the rhizome, then piled a good mound of 50/50 on top of it. Once they poked up I mulched.
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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2010, 08:36:50 AM »
I would start them out in a small pot (1 gallon) with some decent potting soil to get them somewhat rooted and then transfer them in May to their permanant home in the ground. Pick a location that gets a good amount of sun in your house for now like a window sill.  You will need to fertilize them at some frequency after they have established. Read this article and go from there.

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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2010, 08:42:02 AM »
I dig a hole (not as big as a 5 gal. bucket, though!), add compost, and stick 'em in the ground.
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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2010, 08:46:45 AM »
I dig a hole (not as big as a 5 gal. bucket, though!), add compost, and stick 'em in the ground.

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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2010, 11:14:54 AM »
For planting rhizomes the best way to do it is a dig a hole about 1 foot deep. Fill with a 50/50 blend of compost and dirt. Plant the rhizomes so that they have the white vine looking parts about 1 inch under the ground and they should be pointed up. Then top with a layer of compost. Water until saturated once a week and then let dry.over the week. Do this for the first two months then start watering every other week. After about a month or when your vines are about 1 foot start training them.

You should start them in a pot if your outside temperature is still going below freezing every night. But if you are in a warmer climate then you can just start them outside.
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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2010, 04:04:04 PM »
I dig a hole (not as big as a 5 gal. bucket, though!), add compost, and stick 'em in the ground.

Compost FTW

Also, put them on a little bit of a hill and create something of a moat in the middle.
One: To keep the nasty beasts away  :P
Seriously, the hill will prevent them from rotting early in their life and the moat will provide even moisture to said hill.

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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2010, 04:29:12 PM »
Thanks guys, this really helps. I planned on doing it today but ran out of time.

Im gonna ddo it tomorrow

Its been pretty warm around here.

I have a bunch of ground hogs, skunks and rabbits out there. Wondering now what I can do to keep them away?
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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2010, 05:40:21 PM »
I dig a hole (not as big as a 5 gal. bucket, though!), add compost, and stick 'em in the ground.

I'm guessing your soil isn't 4 solid feet of red clay and shale.
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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2010, 06:31:19 PM »
I dig a hole (not as big as a 5 gal. bucket, though!), add compost, and stick 'em in the ground.

I'm guessing your soil isn't 4 solid feet of red clay and shale.

Gotta love our soil in these parts.  ::)
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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2010, 06:26:04 AM »
I dig a hole (not as big as a 5 gal. bucket, though!), add compost, and stick 'em in the ground.

I'm guessing your soil isn't 4 solid feet of red clay and shale.

Gotta love our soil in these parts.  ::)

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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2010, 06:57:16 AM »
Could be worse. Up by my in-laws, any "digging" requires blasting. Neighbors had a pool put in a couple years back. That was interesting.
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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2010, 06:13:40 AM »
Plant them where they'll get plenty of sun.  Also remember that the roots grow amazingly fast so you'll need to plant them in a place you can get to them to trim the roots every 2 or 3 years.  Also don't plant them near tomatoes, I don't remember why but they don't like each other.
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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2010, 08:48:07 AM »
Just out of curiosity, what happens if you don't trim the roots back? I just tried doing mine last week and I pulled out a good twelve footer. Got me wondering if I was hurting production by doing that. The big concern I had was the varieties intermingling, but I couldn't decide if intermingled feeder roots had any impact on that.
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Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2010, 08:57:51 AM »
I don't pull the roots. The crown is the heart of the hops and should be left untouched. I only clip the vines back in the fall. I leave about 12" of vine exposed above ground.
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