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These are first year plants, was not expecting this much growth.

3 together are pride of Ringwood and single one is cascade.

The cascade has bloody spider mite just noticed ! 

Is this growth expected with first year plants?

My first growing effort.

And they are only in pots, nice sheltered and warm position.

The last pic was about a month ago !

 

Cheers 

Ek 

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Veritable jungle you have there. Even the Tomatoes are looking good.

Where are your funny looking Tomato Plants hidden?

Cheers

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8 minutes ago, YeastyBoy said:

Veritable jungle you have there. Even the Tomatoes are looking good.

Where are your funny looking Tomato Plants hidden?

Cheers

Outa site outa mind mate !

I was only expecting enough hops for a few brews!

Plenty more growing @YeastyBoy 

cheers ek 

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1 minute ago, PaddyBrew2 said:

Where does one get their hands on hop plants. I’m in Perth but can’t find a single place 

I’m fairly sure your laws are similar to Tas.

Customs won’t allow import of risomes from other states.

Im in a brew club in Tassie another member got these for me from his own plants.

Cost me $10 each plant, they were tiny when I first planted them.

cheers 

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6 hours ago, ekymetal13 said:

I’m fairly sure your laws are similar to Tas.

Customs won’t allow import of risomes from other states.

Im in a brew club in Tassie another member got these for me from his own plants.

Cost me $10 each plant, they were tiny when I first planted them.

cheers 

Small world. Guessing you picked them up from Rohan??

Good guy, we are lucky to blessed with so many varieties in Tassie. 

Thinking about feral hunting out New Norfolk now I know what I am looking for.

Cheers

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56 minutes ago, YeastyBoy said:

Small world. Guessing you picked them up from Rohan??

Good guy, we are lucky to blessed with so many varieties in Tassie. 

Thinking about feral hunting out New Norfolk now I know what I am looking for.

Cheers

Sure is mate !

We should catch up and talk beer and drink many 🍺

And yep he is a legend .

If your up that way, have you checked out eleventh order?

Mighty fine beers.

cheers 

Ek 

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9 hours ago, ekymetal13 said:

Sure is mate !

We should catch up and talk beer and drink many 🍺

And yep he is a legend .

If your up that way, have you checked out eleventh order?

Mighty fine beers.

cheers 

Ek 

Sounds like a good plan.

Dropped into to Rohans to collect and ended up chatting about brewing stuff for ages.

I had heard there was a Hobart Brewers Group and I was interested in finding out more.

I picked up 2 POR from Rohan this year and they are starting to power away now. Have them outside in the great outdoors. Will post up a pic or shortly.

Planning on adding a few more varieties if these two go OK. So far so good.

Cheers

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They'd probably do better out in sun than sheltered but that kind of growth isn't unusual for first year hops. 

However, you won't get a crapload of hops from them. You'll start seeing burrs form soon, which then turn into the cones used for brewing. Probably wind up with enough for one batch. 

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19 minutes ago, Otto Von Blotto said:

They'd probably do better out in sun than sheltered but that kind of growth isn't unusual for first year hops. 

However, you won't get a crapload of hops from them. You'll start seeing burrs form soon, which then turn into the cones used for brewing. Probably wind up with enough for one batch. 

OVB,

The bines that have come up since the initial bines are far stronger & out pacing the first ones. Is this normally the case?

Weather has improved plus I dropped a load of green manure (Chook Stuff) around the plants a little while ago.

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I found that to be the case when mine were first year plants. Being in pots restricts their growth hence not getting a pile of flowers, plus in the first year they are focused more on establishing themselves. However, down south is the best climate for yield, reasons being longer daylight hours and colder winters. 

Up here things are different. I found with all my plants that the best yields were actually in the first year, because the winter isn't cold enough. The cold does something that helps them flower better in the summer. I have left them in the soil and each year the flowering is less than the previous year.

When I move my Cascade plant to our place over the winter I'll be simply taking a few rhizomes and chucking out the rest of the root crown. These rhizomes will be stored in the fridge for a month or so to mimic the cold winter, then be planted late July/early August. Each year I'll dig up the crown again, cut off a few rhizomes and repeat. Should hopefully result in better, more consistent yields each year. 

Down there they can just be left in the soil, and you'll probably find the yields improve each year.

 

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Thanks for confirming you experience this with your 1st year hops.

Suspect most of the action is below the ground building the rhizome this year.

Hearing you re future years. When do you lift your crowns?

One of the few benefits of living closer to Antarctica than Queensland.

My plan is probably dig and divide after year 3 harvest. That's a way off.

This inspired to give hops a go and I was planning on doing hop hunt this year/early next for ferals just out of Hobart at New Norfolk, see how I go.

https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/hop-hunting/9436558

Cheers

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Thanks guys.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m stoked if I get enough for a brew.

This is how small they were a few months ago.

I will probably put them in a separate raised garden bed for next years season.

Cheers 

 

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1 hour ago, ekymetal13 said:

I’ll send a message for a catch up in the new year.

Cool vid on the feral hops.

@YeastyBoy

Yeap PM me and we can work out a catch up time & place.

BTW I am about an hour out of Hobart, Not the Valley of Love (New Norfolk).

Cheers

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I haven't dug up the crowns before, but I'll do it around the time I cut the bines down so probably around May or June. You won't have to do that down there though,  better off leaving them in the soil.

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