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John C. Walters
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Username: Johnwalters

Post Number: 7
Registered: 08-2003
Posted From: 216.114.77.246
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 04:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey all, I bought some hop rhizomes this spring; but I'm in the middle of a house addition and back yard re-landscaping project. I don't know at this time where the hop plants fit into the plan. I'm thinking of container gardening them this year (all or partial) until a permanent spot becomes available. Will this work? I'm in St. Louis and it can get pretty hot and dry in July. I'm concerned about keeping them watered properly & how big of a pot I'll need. Any advice is most appreciated.
 

Bill Pierce
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Post Number: 5022
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.239.69
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 04:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have heard of people growing them in beer kegs. However, hops have a very large root system and demand well-drained soil (and quite a bit of watering), so I don't think they're an ideal choice for container gardening.
 

Paul Erbe
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Post Number: 522
Registered: 05-2001
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 06:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think you could certainly do it for a year until you find a location. You would not expect a very big crop in the first year anyways.
 

Ron Siddall
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 07:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have seen them grow like a mother in a half wine barrel. You just need to make sure they are kept watered.
 

matt_dinges
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Post Number: 461
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 04:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They'll grow...I've got 5 different varieties in big plastic pots(I'm guessing 30gal?? not sure) I starterd growing them while I was renting. You aren't likely to get a great crop (the biggest I got was 3.5oz off brewers gold) but they'll grow fine and develop roots...I went with plastic because it was a hell of a lot cheaper and lighter than barrels...I also figure, when its time to put them in the earth(in the next few weeks!!) I can cut/saw through the plastic and remove everything inside, depositing it all in its new home. If you do decide to plant them in the ground, I'd wait until spring to do...2 of my plants are going on their 3rd year in the pots, they wintered just fine...

You will have to water them often(almost daily if it doesn't rain hard), and also make sure the containers are well drained.

Cheers
matt