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From memory I think from front to back its Challenger-Fuggle-WGV 🙂 Last year my pathetic piece of string I used between the house & the pole just snapped in the strong winds we had so down came the hops! This year I’ve borrowed the neighbour’s ladders and fixed a strong Rawl Bolt Eye-bolt in the house wall and strung a securely clamped steel cable between pole & house.

I may change tack another year and move these plants round the side of the house into very large planters and attach some more cables from house down to fence so when they hops grow they will form a nice looking covering over the yard at the side and also have a lot of support from strong winds. If I do this I shall probably but a Bramling Cross / Saaz or Hallertau / Cascade in the original spot.

You can just see the wire top right, now firmly anchored to an eye bolt in the house wall:
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I’ll leave these a week or so as they are to see which of the new growth starts climbing best before weeding out to keep maybe 4 or 5 strong shoots:
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Coir twine, AKA ‘Bean String’ a nice biodegradable climbing frame for hops, hopefully it will be strong enough to support them until they get to the top wire:
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Rather than cutting and clamping off the cable at the height of the upstairs windows I’ve taken the cable down the wall to knee-height and looped it over another eye-bolt so I can un-hook and lower the cable down when it comes to harvesting or cutting back the hops:
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Fuggle put into a big planter with enough room to give it a pile of mulch on top for winter.

Challenger is a bit more spindly but growing well, also in a large planter, the bit of wood screwed to the wall behind is my ‘Heath Robinson’ hop climbing frame and has strings attached stretching across the yard for the hops to grow on.

Left hand plastic bottle is a couple of broken off Fuggle cuttings and the right hand pot is the WGV cutting, which was kindly given to me, is coming on nicely now.

I got these plants Friday 8th May and planted them all in the same compost in the same way, the WGV was the only hop rhizome with leaves, the rest were simply earthy looking roots. The Challenger and the Fuggle both got going pretty quick after planting but the WGV was trying to kill its self each day looking worse for wear!
Its only the last couple of days that its pushed out a couple of fresh green leaves and it trying to live!

The Fuggle is doing pretty well, its going to need a cane soon to climb 🙂

The Challenger is a little way behind the Fuggle but has more than one shoot

All plant rhizomes came from www.aplus-hops.co.uk

Coming along nicely under the light in the cellar 🙂
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The first to flower is a Purple Jalapeno
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And here is the YouTube video

A little chilli update, Jalapenos and Jal Purples coming along nicely in the grow room under the Envirolite, check the thermometer for the temp and humidity, under the staging is a little oil filled radiator to keep the plants warm. 🙂

Oh Yeah… note the “I can’t see where I’m putting my hand” syndrome 🙂 ha ha

Chilli Update: All 14 varieties have sprouted 🙂

Guindilla Verde being the last to show 🙂


Scotch Bonnet Yellow

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Our first ripening Scotch Bonnet chilli 🙂


Santa Fe Grande

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The First Ripe Santa Fe Grande chilli


Anaheim

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Anaheim Chilli 🙂


Thai Orange Chilli

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Our First Ripe Orange Thai 🙂


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