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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Pakman » Mon Sep 07, 2015 19:50

I just harvested my cascade as some of the upper flowers were starting to brown. A much lower yield than last year. Over half the height of the vine had no flowers at all.
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby RidleyRumpus » Sun Sep 20, 2015 20:33

Just harvested my Fuggles, filled a 27litre fermenting bin, no idea of the weight but I think it is pretty good its second year.

I still have to harvest my Cascade and Challenger but they are much smaller plants so I will have a much smaller yield.

My Styrian is no more as my next door neighbour ran over it :-(.

I bought a replacement and it is still in a pot and looks a little sorry for itself any suggestions as to what I should do with it so it will be OK for next year?
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Crastney » Tue Sep 22, 2015 16:02

I was at my mother's over the weekend, and their vine had only grown to a height of about 7 foot, and hardly any flowers on at all.
completely different to last year.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Bad 'Ed » Tue Nov 10, 2015 09:32

I'm going to plant some now it's the cutting season. Where do you get yours from, an online shop or local garden centre?

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby jkp » Tue Nov 10, 2015 09:39

Bad 'Ed wrote:I'm going to plant some now it's the cutting season. Where do you get yours from, an online shop or local garden centre?


Got mine from http://www.willingham-nurseries.co.uk

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Bad 'Ed » Tue Nov 10, 2015 09:42

Willingham Nurseries still seems to be going despite hearing that it might be closing earlier in the year. They've got a lot of varieties available some of which are American strains. Do you think these would grow well (and be flavourful) in North Yorkshire, or should I go for British strains?

Edit: ....as already pointed out by jkp!

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby jkp » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:09

I also want to cut some rhizomes from my hops. Is it better to do it now or wait until early spring?

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby jkp » Tue Nov 24, 2015 14:19

Bad 'Ed wrote:Willingham Nurseries still seems to be going despite hearing that it might be closing earlier in the year. They've got a lot of varieties available some of which are American strains. Do you think these would grow well (and be flavourful) in North Yorkshire, or should I go for British strains?

Edit: ....as already pointed out by jkp!


Just been back to their website and it now seems that all 25 hop varieties are now available. Got myself some Chinook!

Another place is Aplus hops

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Bad 'Ed » Wed Nov 25, 2015 18:30

Anyone got any tips in planting the rhizomes? I was just going to drop them in a relatively large hole full of compost, around a foot under the surface. Does that sound sensible?

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby jkp » Wed Nov 25, 2015 18:43

I think that's a bit too deep. Maybe just an inch or two of soil ontop and then some mulch.

Buds pointing up of course!

When I bought mine from Willingham they also sent a basic guide on how to plant, train and harvest the hops. So if you ordered yours from there just follow that advice. I think the guide can be downloaded from their website also.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby AndyBWood » Sat Apr 16, 2016 21:12

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High ambitions this year !

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby PhatFil » Sat Apr 16, 2016 21:46

year 3 and mine have not shown up at all ;( not the right soil here was fun while it lasted..
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby AndyBWood » Sat Apr 16, 2016 21:58

A pity Fil.....

I live in Manchester but the hop project is in Nottingham at my Bro's. He has well drained sandy soil which seems to suit them.

The new structure is 6 metres tall though, so.... they'll need to be Olympians this year to reach the top !


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Re: Growing Hops

Postby AndyBWood » Mon Apr 25, 2016 08:34

Fuggles on their way up !


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Re: Growing Hops

Postby krazypara3165 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:10

Need to decide what to do with mine... Just sold the house so debating taking them with me but there already shot up a fair bit so far!

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby martindisorder » Fri May 20, 2016 11:22

My hops are doing well this year or at least I think so! Finally got round to building the trusses for them to grow up. ImageImageImage

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby krazypara3165 » Fri May 20, 2016 14:55

Mine are doing brilliantly, unfortunately I won't be able to see the outcome as Im moving!

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby martindisorder » Fri May 20, 2016 16:40

krazypara3165 wrote:Mine are doing brilliantly, unfortunately I won't be able to see the outcome as Im moving!

Get it put in to the sale agreement you can come back to harvest them haha

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby krazypara3165 » Fri May 20, 2016 17:20

The blokes really nice to be fair, I'll see if he wants them at the end of this season and if not I'll take them out of the planters.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby JimmyB » Tue Jun 28, 2016 06:53

My hops are in large pots, the cascade went off like a rocket but is looking slightly sad for itself now. My EKG is way behind, should I give them some kind of plant food? If so what is good for hops?
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby cyclops » Tue Jun 28, 2016 08:47

I feed mine with general fertilizer and they are going mad this ywar

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby jkp » Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:00

In general I think you'd want something fairly even in N-P-K, but as the flowers develop perhaps more P. Don't over do it though.

Chemical fertilizers are probably not a good long-term solution though, and you'll want to use a good organic source of plant nutrients.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby cyclops » Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:01

Jkp, would you say compost would be suitable for it? I have a load of compost in the bin made up of hops, spent grain, chicken manure and straw.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby jkp » Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:56

cyclops wrote:Jkp, would you say compost would be suitable for it? I have a load of compost in the bin made up of hops, spent grain, chicken manure and straw.

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That sounds ideal. It's perhaps better to use at the beginning of the growing season. Making a weak compost tea can also be useful for watering. Again don't overdo it as you can burn roots.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby HTH1975 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 14:17

I'd love to try growing hops, but they seem expensive to buy.

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