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Any idea how to treat a fourth year hop plant transplant?

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Any idea how to treat a fourth year hop plant transplant?

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:58 pm
by HopHed
I got this four year old hop root ball. I cut a bunch of rhizomes, and they are all doing well. I planted the root ball and the thing is going freakin' nuts! My question is this, do I treat the root ball, ie: Transplanted hop plant, as a fourth year plant and keep three or four bines trimming the rest? Or do I let it go like you would a first year plant?

Thanks!

Re: Any idea how to treat a fourth year hop plant transplant?

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:24 pm
by BadRock
I'd probably let it go like a first year. This way it will establish the smaller roots that are necessary to produce a healthy crop.

Re: Any idea how to treat a fourth year hop plant transplant?

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:11 am
by Hoppy Brewah
If it is going freakin nuts, I would let it grow like an older plant. Be sure to give it lots of water and compost. BTW, what variety is it?

Re: Any idea how to treat a fourth year hop plant transplant?

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:01 pm
by HopHed
Older plants should be cut back to two - four bines per crown. So that's what I can't decide.
As far as the variety, all of my plants right now are Cascade.

Re: Any idea how to treat a fourth year hop plant transplant?

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:15 pm
by Hoppy Brewah
I let my 3 year old hop plants have 6 vines per mound, so I would recommend 4-6 shoots. It is a balance of hops this year vs. root growth for next year. If you are worried about the health of the roots and don't care what you get for a harvest this year, then let 2-4 shoots grow. Hops seem pretty hardy, so I wouldn't worry too much. Plant your hops and let them grow, grow, grow.

Cheers :bnarmy:

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