Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Growing hops

As I mentioned in the last post, I went to the Beyond the Pale Community Grow Hop on Saturday.

Hops rhizomes
I arrived a little late because of some unexpected heavy traffic on the highway, so I missed the introduction chat. I bought two rhizomes and got an information sheet explaining how to plant and care for the hops and was on my way in no time.

I decided I would plant them at the front of my house. It gets the most sun, and I can run twine up the side of the house to allow the hops to grow. Apparently these grow 10-12ft in the first year, and 20+ after. :)

My mistake
I was a little worried that they might die before I had a chance to plant them, so I planted one of them in the flower bed and decided to wait until I got better soil before planting the second. It was a big mistake. The first looked in bad shape the next day, while the second (even though it was still in the ziploc baggie) looked pretty healthy.

I picked up a bag of soil and manure and decided to plant the second in a large pot. I then dug up the first and replanted it in its own pot as well.

After one day, the second still looked very healthy. I could kick myself for being impatient with the first. However, after three days in the good soil and manure, I think the first is recovering. The leaves still look a little sick, but the plant is looking perkier overall.

Fingers crossed.

The one on the left seems to be recovering.

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