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Old 08-24-2008, 09:46 AM   #1
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can I grow hops in Ky, and if so what type will grow good here? have been getting some hot dry summers here lately, but I do have 50+ acres.



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Old 08-24-2008, 02:32 PM   #2
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Are you thinking of trying to grow them commercially or just for your own use? Many varieties will grow in your area, but the yields aren't high enough to be profitable.



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Old 08-25-2008, 02:41 AM   #3
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just for me. or anyone else around who needs them.

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You absolutley can! Just keep em watered and stand back.

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Just about anything will grow there, but I'd stick to the mildew resistant varieties. Fortunately, Cascades is one of them.

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quite a few things will grow, unfortunately you are going to have to wait till next February to order rhizoms and then till about april or may till they are delivered. When you get them, put them in the ground and let them alone, don't pre pot them and think you are going to give them a headstart inside this is how most people killed their hops this year, if you don't want to plant them right away keep the rhizomes in your fridge till you are ready to plant. I have about 16 plants going this year, 13 of which are growing and producing well enough to make some beer, not bad for a bunch of first year plants.

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wheres a good place to order them form? do I need to order a few for pollenation?

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wheres a good place to order them form? do I need to order a few for pollenation?
I've ordered from Freshops and had good luck. Plus they have some good information about hops growing on their website in addition to good prices on hops.

You will only get female plants when you order rhizomes. Male plants do not produce cones. There is no need for pollination as you are harvesting the flowers, not the fruit.

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I found Cascade and Chinook to do well in the hot Chicago area summers. Willamette not so go. But thats based off a very small sample. I've read of others in my area who do well with Willamette.

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ok thanks, will look into it.



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