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Post Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:19 am

Hop fertilizer regimen

Going to be planting some rhizomes for the first time this spring.
I was curious if there is a certain fertilizer regimen that works well for hops? Is it best to use a higher nitrogen organic fertilizer during peak growth peroids and switch to a higher phosphorus organic fertilizer during peak flowering?
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Post Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:31 am

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I'd personally use nothing in the beginning. After that I use compost or manure only.
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Post Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:40 am

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I was thinking:
chicken manure- high nitrogen peroids
bone meal- high phosphorus peroids
Compost and compost tea the rest of the time.
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Post Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:00 am

Re: Hop fertilizer regimen

Baratone Brewer wrote:Compost and compost tea the rest of the time.
I tried the compost tea last year and really didn't see much of a benefit to it. I used it on my hops and my veggie garden.
Seems like I got the same results just using a balanced fertilizer per instruction on the package and applying compost.
Like all other plants, try not to over fertilize.
But I don't have to tell you this. You're already an expert gardener. :wink:

Hops are pretty hardy plants, particularly once you get them established.
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Post Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:32 am

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Legman wrote: I tried the compost tea last year and really didn't see much of a benefit to it. I used it on my hops and my veggie garden.
Seems like I got the same results just using a balanced fertilizer per instruction on the package and applying compost.


I've heard several people say that they have not noticed a difference in their plants when using compost tea. But, I have experienced great results with various plants from using compost tea for foliar feedings.
Just wanted to make sure that everyone is doing the proper procedures for making their tea.

Here is my method:
The objective is to make aerobic tea (one made with oxygen) rather than anaerobic tea (one made without oxygen). Good microorganisms need oxygen to live, so a good aquarium pump and an air stone is needed. You will also need a 5 gal pail, some panty hose or sleeve from an old long sleeve shirt, compost, and molasses.

When temp outside has warmed to at least 75F
Add 4 gals water to your pail and allow to set outside for 24hrs with the air stone running to remove the chlorine and aerate water.
Fill one leg of the panty hose or fill sleeve with approx. 10 inches of compost and tie ends.
Place into pail and add 2-3 tablespoons of molasses, stir, and allow to "brew" with airstone running for 24-48 hrs.
Apply immediately by use in a watering can or sprayer.

It is essential to aerate the tea and feed the microorganisms, when done properly this will make readily available nutrients for your plants and also helps to supress desease.
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Post Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:56 pm

Re: Hop fertilizer regimen

I used BIO-Grow liquid fertilizer in the spring and early summer. I also used in combination BIO-Bloom liquid fertilizer early summer to through the end of the hop production. Last year was my first year growing hops and had a decent amount of Newport hops for first year hops. I also had Mt.Hood and they produced not quite as much, but they also got hit a little harder by the Japanese Beatles.
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Post Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:31 pm

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Where do you guys get your compost and fertilizers? Something you can just get at HD?
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Post Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:30 pm

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vanwolfhausen wrote:Where do you guys get your compost and fertilizers? Something you can just get at HD?

Yeah HD, Lowes, Walmart or a Feed & Seed store. You can find that stuff just about anywhere that sells garden or farm stuff.
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Post Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:55 pm

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vanwolfhausen wrote:Where do you guys get your compost and fertilizers? Something you can just get at HD?


Compost- My back yard. I have a nice compost pile in my garden.
Chicken Manure- Co-worker has chickens, he's glad to give it away.
Cow Manure- Friend has a cattle farm.
Bone Meal, Lime, and other suppliments- Farm supply store.

As Legman posted, you can find a limited supply of a few items at a dept store or home supply store.
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Post Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:05 pm

Re: Hop fertilizer regimen

Yeah I compost my spent grains and use them. Free compost.
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Post Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:26 am

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Legman wrote:Yeah I compost my spent grains and use them. Free compost.

Yep, me too. Great stuff. Worms love it.
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Post Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:44 pm

Re: Hop fertilizer regimen

Anyone compost spent leaf hops in addition to the grains?
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Post Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:34 pm

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FriendsR2Thirsty wrote:Anyone compost spent leaf hops in addition to the grains?


Yep - they will compost very well. If you're going to compost your grains and hops, go all the way and compost kitchen scraps.

All veg and fruit peelings are good, eggshells, cardboard egg cartons, coffee grounds and filters, shredded newspaper, etc. Just avoid meat and dairy, unless you want skunks and other critters in your backyard. 8)
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Post Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:56 pm

Re: Hop fertilizer regimen

FriendsR2Thirsty wrote:Anyone compost spent leaf hops in addition to the grains?


I compost everything, except spend whole hops.

My dogs are regulars to the pile, eating fresh horsey snacks :shock: ,
and I would not chance them chowing down on sweet hops to death.

So, if you have dogs, or if your pile is accessible to other dogs, keep that in mind.

To the OP,
keep in mind that first year hops are really about rhizome cuttings putting down roots,
so you might think about adding beneficial rooting fert, and not activating huge above ground gains.

Just a thought, good luck.

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Post Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:18 pm

Re: Hop fertilizer regimen

Organic fertilizer? i know somebody use seaweed or humic acid organic fertilizer
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