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Growing Hops

Postby EvansTheSteam » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:22

This is always a popular thread, so I thought I'd kick it off.

My hops, except for the Northdown (planted last year) have all sprouted.
Goldings 13", Fuggles 4" Brambling X 1/2" (all these are in their 5th season).

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby krazypara3165 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:33

I planted EKG and fuggles a few weeks back. both are a few inches high now!

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby GrowlingDog » Tue Apr 08, 2014 00:14

I have a few shoots on my First Gold. This is their second year, hoping for great things.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby JimmyB » Tue Apr 08, 2014 09:58

Here's my cascade last week. Need to build something for it to grow up and along this week!

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My Goldings seem to be coming through now too.

Both are in their first year so not expecting much, though a few hops to use would be great.
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby EvansTheSteam » Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:01

I may be kidding myself on, but I'm convinced my Northdown is trying to sprout!

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby FuzzySteve » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:26

The rhizomes planted last year provided me with enough hops to make a decent brew. This year it seems like they're super - vigorous, which could be down to their developing root system or the chicken manure the Mrs put down to enrich the soil for the veg. The Fuggles and Challenger are around 2 ft from ground level, whereas the EKG is probably 10".

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby godfrey » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:33

I planted a few first gold in the winter :-)

they have started sprouting, and I am now thinking to set up some twine for them to grow up

my question is on eBay I see 1 2 and 3 ply natural hessian quite cheap in 30 meter rolls

so what is the best thickness of twine ?
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby EvansTheSteam » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:39

To a degree, the thicker the better, I use 6mm neoprene (I think that's what it's called).

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby FuzzySteve » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:48

I've had real issues with the 4mm jute twine from Wilko; it stretches after the first bit of damp and it occasionally rots through mid - season. I'm actually on the lookout for thicker stuff.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby GrowlingDog » Tue Apr 08, 2014 13:03

I grow mine up trellis.
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby godfrey » Tue Apr 08, 2014 17:13

here is my first gold shoots taken today

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Pjam » Tue Apr 08, 2014 18:03

Prima Donna. Dwarf hops for a small London garden :) ........... nice thick course string too.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby FuzzySteve » Tue Apr 08, 2014 18:17

Looking good Pjam. You didn't nick them on the way past Tenbury last year did you?

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Pjam » Tue Apr 08, 2014 18:36

FuzzySteve wrote: You didn't nick them on the way past Tenbury last year did you?


:lol: I do look at them with envy. I actually went past last week .....watched the hop farmer putting up his twine. I begged Mrs Pjam to go over to him and in a french accent ask 'Are you a hop farmer'? :D
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby boab44stout » Sat Apr 12, 2014 16:01

I planted fuggles east kent and whitbread goldings variety in the bottom of the garden they have just started to sprout as its cold up here hoope they survive
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby godfrey » Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:52

look what I found while out walking with the kids today

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby krazypara3165 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:57

godfrey wrote:look what I found while out walking with the kids today

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.....An Oak leaf? :lol:

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Jeltz » Tue Apr 15, 2014 13:05

Maybe I'm being dim but what does dog tie out stake have to do with hops, other than preventing them getting near enough to eat them.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby cyclops » Tue Apr 15, 2014 13:07

Jeltz wrote:Maybe I'm being dim but what does dog tie out stake have to do with hops, other than preventing them getting near enough to eat them.


Anchor down the rope in the garden to a post?

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby EvansTheSteam » Tue Apr 15, 2014 14:59

An excellent idea for tying hop strings to! :clap:

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby pjbiker » Tue Apr 15, 2014 15:22

EvansTheSteam wrote:This is always a popular thread, so I thought I'd kick it off.

My hops, except for the Northdown (planted last year) have all sprouted.
Goldings 13", Fuggles 4" Brambling X 1/2" (all these are in their 5th season).


Hi Evan, I'm back.
Remember meeting you at the station platform a couple of years ago and collecting some of your rhizomes. I Didn't manage to get them going though, think it was too late for them.

I see you're in Selston, I've got a mate who lives there, top of the hill opposite the church.

Still steaming? I took my in-laws over to the railway for the morning a few weekends back when they were visiting. The old man loved it but we were a bit disappointed it was a 'diesel' weekend. We had a mooch around in the building sheds at the Loughborough end and poked around in some engines :thumb:

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby EvansTheSteam » Tue Apr 15, 2014 22:46

Unfortunately they do have diesel weekends every so often, PIA, I feel sorry for your FIL.
Yes I do remember giving you a bag of rhizomes, sorry yours didn't survive, few of the others did either.

The ones I took to T S T last year were all goers, have you since sorted your self out hop wise?
Is your pal in the village a brewer?

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby pjbiker » Wed Apr 16, 2014 09:30

EvansTheSteam wrote:Unfortunately they do have diesel weekends every so often, PIA, I feel sorry for your FIL.
Yes I do remember giving you a bag of rhizomes, sorry yours didn't survive, few of the others did either.

The ones I took to T S T last year were all goers, have you since sorted your self out hop wise?
Is your pal in the village a brewer?


No hop growing for me as yet. My mate in Selston isn't a brewer, just a biker.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby EvansTheSteam » Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:13

Will see if I can sort a growing rhizome out, then you can get him to pick it up for you.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby pjbiker » Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:28

Thanks, should be able to sort something out with him. He's no gardener either :lol:

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