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Old 12-08-2005, 02:08 AM   #21
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Best climate? The Pacific Northwest! Hops are sun loving crops, so long sunny summer days are best, but not too hot. For all of the reputation the PNW has for rain, the summers are dry and bright. 16 hours of sunshine every day.

There are a few types of hops that grow well horizontally. Mainly Goldings and they are hard to find in the USA.

I've got Nugget, Fuggles, Cascade and Northern Brewing; so far.

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Old 12-08-2005, 02:15 AM   #22
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What is the ideal climate for growing hops?
They used to grow hops in NJ and NC in colonial times, but gave up on it as far as large farming goes because of the failed crops due to high humidity.
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Old 12-08-2005, 02:53 AM   #23
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I have hops growing wild all over the place, but unknown as to what types. I may try them out next year though. Probably Cascades or Williamette. Their like weeds here.

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Old 12-08-2005, 02:55 AM   #24
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I thought the best climate for hop growth was found in Holland. Aren't they the biggest hop producer, or did the Thirsty Traveller decieve me ? If this is true, wouldn't the southern UK, Norhern US, and Southern Canada have the best hop-growing climates ?

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Old 12-08-2005, 04:43 AM   #25
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What proportion do you use them in compared to pellets?

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Old 12-08-2005, 07:45 AM   #26
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I grow hops in the UK and they do fine.

I think using pellets you use 10% less (Others may now for definate)

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Old 12-09-2005, 03:38 AM   #27
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Live in MA, USA. Moved from another town three years ago and this year was the second year for a number of Cascade plants. They take a few years to really take off...you should cut back all but the best 6 to 8 of the shoots from each plant each year and then once they start to get bigger, remove the bottom leaves to prevent mold, etc. Cut back to the ground following harvesting but before the winter. Cover with compost and some ash and a bit of straw for the winter. I expect next year they will start really kicking in. The season here is plant in April/May (I think) and harvest in Aug/Sept or just before the cones start to show signs of turning brown.

Once they mature for a few years, you can literally split the plants in half and start new plants. I am fairly certain you can also plant cuttings. I had a dozen or more Cascade plants at my old house that were only 5 or so years old. I grew them on tripods of pine posts that were 15 feet tall...believe me when I tell you that I could not harvest all of the cones myself! Can't wait a few more years to be back to that!!!

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Old 12-09-2005, 03:46 AM   #28
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How about wonderful North East Wisconsin?

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Old 12-09-2005, 03:51 AM   #29
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I read somewhere that more than half the commercially used Hops grow between Eugene Oregon and Seattle Washington. I am assuming that is half the hops grown in the US.

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Old 12-10-2005, 09:50 PM   #30
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growing hops would be sweet. But i'm in a apartment rightnow so not enough room. Is growing hops just like growing anything else?? I grow some tomatos and peppers on my paitio and usally get a few out of the batch. Need more sunlight.

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