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I read that hops are water hungry plants.  Can use around 5 litres per day, especially in hotter weather.

I only have six plants.  Two Cascade, two Red Earth and two Goldings.  I am in the Dandenong Rages on the outskirts of Melbourne.  The cascade are a good metre along their string line now along with one of the Goldings.  The other Goldings and the two Red Earth are small bushes still and have not sent up their strongest bines yet.

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Not hoping for much from mine this year. My Perle is going absolutely gangbusters but there's a million snow pea plants surrounding it also going nuts, so I can't get in there to trim the shoots properly. Guess I'll just let it kill them off, then see where it's at. And somehow convince my wife never to plant like that again lol! 

Cheers, 

John

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Trust in the "Triffids" John. ?

I'd just make sure they were watered regularly.

Cheers,

Lusty.

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Seeking advice about my second year hops.

Went to check out my hop plants yesterday: Hop garden below:

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I noticed that my Cascade plant while growing well from the original crown position has also started to shoot at the edge of my borders.  See lower left of photo.

I mulched them with grass clippings a few weeks ago when I noticed some roots poking out of the dirt surface.  These shoots appear to have run under the grass clippings, hit the border and then emerged.

I have already cut the plant back to the main three shoots in the middle.  What should I do with these other shoots coming up away from the plant?

Cheers Shamus

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Leave them be. Let them grow a bit more, see how it looks, you may need to trim a few bines back once the thing starts really growing. Mine has popped its head up in various locations all over the planter box it's in, but that's as far as it's got so far. Slow start for sure, especially since it went mental in its first two years.

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I just ordered a couple of plants. Sazz and East Kent Golding.  these will go in planters like Kelsey's.

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My Cascade plant has finally decided to actually do some growing. There are a lot of small clusters like the ones in the first pic (sideways, sorry ?) all over the planter box, but there is one proper shoot that has popped up now. I expect more will follow in the coming weeks.

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10 hours ago, Titan said:

Plants have arrived and are looking healthy.

Hey Titan

Make sure you keep the pots moist, or at least do not let them dry out, until you get them in the ground and the sooner the better.  Don't expect much this year.  You should get a small harvest, enough to give you a taste.

Cheers Shamus

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9 hours ago, Otto Von Blotto said:

My Cascade plant has finally decided to actually do some growing. There are a lot of small clusters like the ones in the first pic (sideways, sorry ?) all over the planter box, but there is one proper shoot that has popped up now. I expect more will follow in the coming weeks.

OVB, I reckon yours are gonna go nuts ?.  I hope you have a good frame for them to climb.

You can see my Cascade in the photos above and I just got that from one such cluster.

Cheers Shamus

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Yeah this is a third year plant too so the root system is well established, just in time for me to rip it out next winter and take a few rhizomes to wherever we end up buying and start all over again ?. It's currently still at my parents house, as I was living there when I  first began growing them. It went nuts last year earlier due to an unusually hot early October, harvested most of the cones before Christmas I think. Looking like a more normal situation this season though. 

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My POR has about 8 feet of growth already. It doesn't like going sideways though. Every 2 days i have to wind it around the wire. Need a better position for next year when she will go into the ground rather than the pot.

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Cheers Shamus, yep looking at info online. Didn't realise how big these things grow. Need to find a good spot for them in the garden. @Greeny1525229549 how big is that pot and do you get a crop from them?

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12 minutes ago, Titan said:

Cheers Shamus, yep looking at info online. Didn't realise how big these things grow. Need to find a good spot for them in the garden. @Greeny1525229549 how big is that pot and do you get a crop from them?

Its a half wine barrel mate. Took about 4 bags of potting mix. Its a first year plant which i will plant out in a space in the ground next year. Reading online some say you can get a decent crop from doing it in pots but im sceptical. If i can get enough for 1 or 2 batches from the 1st year ill be happy enough.

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Went to the olds today to drive the lines back into the soil for the coming season, and the Cascade has one bine that has started climbing now. Hopefully more to follow by the looks of the clusters of shoots. Third year plant this one.

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On 11/9/2018 at 7:34 PM, Otto Von Blotto said:

Went to the olds today to drive the lines back into the soil for the coming season, and the Cascade has one bine that has started climbing now. Hopefully more to follow by the looks of the clusters of shoots. Third year plant this one.

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I don't understand the reason for the mesh.   Can you enlighten me ?

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40 minutes ago, James of Bayswater said:

 

I don't understand the reason for the mesh.   Can you enlighten me ?

Bush turkeys. They like to go digging around areas of bare soil or anywhere else that looks good to them that isn't the lawn. I may not need to use the mesh at our house, just depends if the stupid dog decides to make it a digging area as well...

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We never did in the city in any great number either until about 10 years ago. Now the bloody things are everywhere, and one decided to build a mound in the olds' yard around 7 or 8 years ago. That original one is long gone now but others have unfortunately taken his place, so they're still there being a pain in the arse. I don't know whether they would have dug up the hop gardens but I decided to put the mesh on them just in case. Better to stop it before it happens than deal with a big hole where the hops should be.

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I think im gonna be pleasantly surprised with my first year hop haul. I reckon id have 100 or so flowers forming on my vine.

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Wow you don't really get much once they have dried weight wise. Do you use it gram for gram to pellet or do you have to use more flowers per a brew?

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Mine have not really taken off. Good initial growth but seem to have stalled. Will look for a more suitable spot next year.

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1 hour ago, Smashed Crabs said:

Wow you don't really get much once they have dried weight wise. Do you use it gram for gram to pellet or do you have to use more flowers per a brew?

Yeah, about 10% more by weight.

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