Post by Jack-of-all-biers on Aug 3, 2019 10:29:15 GMT 10
Thread for 2019/2020 growing/cropping season.
Yep, I was out weeding the hop mound today when I saw the first sprout just breaking ground. It's a second year Victoria I planted on 5 Aug last year (sprouted 25th), so can't compare re this being early or normal sprouting, but it seems early to me? How is everyone else on the -34.921230 latitude going? Or anyone else for that matter?
Post by Jack-of-all-biers on Sept 8, 2019 14:17:56 GMT 10
Just planted some Mt Hood and Chinook in pots today. Shout out to aj for supplying them.
In pots because I've still not decided where might be the best spot for them in the garden. All self made potting mix from worm castings, compost, sand etc. to ensure good drainage, moisture rention and plant food. PH currently 7.5 at the top few cm and 8 at the bottom, but a combo of blood and bone and Sulphur mixed in with a mulch layer of my chicken's straw bedding with plenty of manure has seen the pH drop by one in two weeks already.
And my second year Victoria is still sending up multiple shoots.
I'm just going with what's still in the ground this year and still have to do some subterranean wrangling and rip out a load of roots and rhizomes grown beyond what is ideal for my space. Its just friggen raining every weekend these days and turns gardening into messy frustration so I'm not up to date in garden maintenance at the moment. 70lt Pots are no where big enough for Hops. Even if I plant one Rhizome in a pot its rootbound by the end of the season basically. That being said I will have harvested rhizomes soon of Cascade. I could also cut rhizomes off Hallertau, Red Earth, Goldings, Chinook and Tettnang. For those watching. Vic Frankston locality or add postage.
These would only be on request. Otherwise cant be farked and they will just get composted because I don't have fridge space to store them. That seems such a shame though so free to pick up for genuine interest is open. PM me if interested.
Edit: I could sort the best as $15.00 per Rhizome plus postage. Well packed = around +/- $13.00 postage.
I have to keep them in pots for at least this first season, so I am not expecting massive yields. I repotted the nursery babies only a few weeks ago, so they have taken off like a rocket. I'll be building them climbing cages when this outrageous wind dies down.
No sprouting here but i've split up my Hersbruck rhizomes into two spots and will have them climbing up the north side of the house where it's a good 4 metres from ground to roofline. Then I've planted some Chinook rhizomes from Barls further up the back of the garden where I had the hersbruck growing before.
Not expecting great things the first year in the ground, but i'll at least trim them so they put their effort into one bine and put plenty of compost & fertiliser on them.
I'd expect any hop that grows in Aus should do well in Canberra. Pick up some Cascade, Chinook or similar from DCB or one of the other members soon or in a few weeks time it will be getting on the late side for planting rhizomes. Seedlings can be planted a bit later (into November) and are another option. Make sure you have good rich well drained soil to plant them in and keep that soil moist (not constantly flooded though) during the drier months. Follow the guide I've linked and throw up any questions as they come. Plenty on here with more hop growing experience who'll be able to answer.
Edit - not much good to talk of a link and not paste it in! Link added.
Hard Knock Brewing there are a few good threads in the hop sub board, so go scour the threads in there for info. The previous crop years are good for tips hidden here and there.
Far South coast NSW here, EKG, Tettnang, Chinook, Williamette, Super Alpha, and Challenger all sprouting, Saaz, POR, and Vic still sleeping, weather here this year is just daft, 28 deg's today WT! and it's as dry as, DCB send us some water please (and check yer pm's) @ Canberra I grew Fuggles, and EKG 25 years ago (where does the time go) in Kambah, went well.
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