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Old 10-11-2017, 06:08 PM   #221
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When do you think it's a good idea to split the rhizomes?
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Old 14-11-2017, 07:47 AM   #222
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When do you think it's a good idea to split the rhizomes?
How old are they?
Are they planted in the ground or in pots?
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How old are they?
Are they planted in the ground or in pots?
They are in the ground, 3+ years old.
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Its time to give your hop plants a little TLC. You should have, by now harvested
and cut down leaving a short stub. Pile the tops high with any organic matter, well rotted horse manure is best but anything organic to keep them cosy during the winter.
I'd better get on with that then - I didn't cut my vines down when I harvested the hops, on the grounds that it would do the plants good to be able to reabsorb nutrients from the leaves as they died in the autumn.

As for brews - I only got enough (cascade) to do the 0 minute addition for a 23L brew of IPA. Which I did. Tasted good when I barrelled it but haven't tried the conditioned stuff yet. Also glad I made a brew so soon after harvesting as I had 10g left over and they all went brown and moldy despite being crispy dry when I bagged them. Think I'll freeze them after drying next year.
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They are in the ground, 3+ years old.
3+ years is a good time to lift and divide. Early spring is the best time to do this. It should be done just as the new shoots are breaking the surface of the soil. There is a way of "forcing" the shoots to grow, its very simple and very cheap.
Get a builders bucket (99p, from Homebase/B+Q/Wickes) and drill a hole about 6 inches wide in the bottom. Place this over the crown of the bine
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