Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Update for 2011

For those who are wondering, I did not grow any hops in pots this year. I basically didn't do anything to encourage the plants to sprout this spring and they didn't. This would have been the third growing season for them, but the results last year were disappointing to say the least. I'm not necessarily giving up on them, just taking a year off to review what I've learned and see what needs to be improved on. I already have quite a few ideas, so I'll probably give it another shot in the spring of 2012.  I know other people have had success with growing hops this far south and with growing them in pots, so I'm definitely still interested in trying.

5 comments:

  1. Steve, hey I just wanted to thank you for documenting your experience! This past weekend I decided I wanted to make my first attempt this year. So I ordered my rhizomes and then found and read your entire blog. I also read and listened to that interview with Chris Colby. I appreciate your modifications to the trellis and think I'll be doing the same thing. From reading your blog, and a few other forums, it seems that hops will do great their first year in pots/containers, but the second year the roots are going to want more room. Would you say this is accurate? I'm all for growing in pots as I still rent my home and don't want to infest the guys yard! But I'd also like to get a return on all of the work. I'm in southeast Louisiana so I think I'll be experiencing similar weather conditions. Again, I want to thank you for documenting everything so well. It was a great read! Do you think you'll be growing again in 2012?

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  2. Just wanted to say you've inspired me to blog about my own hop growing in Houston. Just wondering if you're giving it a go this year.

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  3. At this point, I have every intention to try again this year and have ordered some Cascade rhizomes. However, we bought a new house and its been under renovation for the past few months. I don't want to plant them until after we've moved to the new house, but the renovations are taking longer then we anticipated and I fear it may be too late in the season by the time we've move and got settled.

    Definitely send me a link to your blog once you start, its an great way to record your progress and results. Cheers!

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  4. Here's the link: hopstarter.blogspot.com

    I can definitely understand waiting until you move house. Maybe starting later in the year here will actually help. Only one way to find out.

    The main differences in our setups are that I'm using a bed rather than a pot, so I'll be a little worried about the roots rotting. They should have more room to grow though. I also have a balcony I'm hoping they will grow up. I suspect the main problem will be the weather. Not much to be done about that.

    Best of luck.

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  5. Hi Steve, just wanted to send you a note to thank you for your notes on your hop growing! I am set to go against all odds and start growing in pots on my apartment balcony this week, and your blog was an interesting and detailed read.any updates from the past few years? thanks again!

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