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Old 01-01-2010, 01:17 AM   #1
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So i was looking thru a new seed catalog for new tomato's and peppers to grow next year.
Anyways i cam across cascade hops in the catalog...But in small print on the bottom it said they cant ship to washington.

Is there certain area's you cant get hops?
Or certain varietys?

Didnt know hops was a bad "weed"

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Old 01-01-2010, 01:35 AM   #2
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It could be they're not allowed to bring them in to Washington because they don't want any diseased plantings affecting the commercial crop.

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If you are looking to grow hops, reach out to a local homebrew club. Someone is bound it be growing hops and most are willing to share root stock.

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You will have to find a Washington source. Washington, Oregon and Idaho all have restrictions to protect the commercial growers.

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ahhh i see, What next...TO protect bud light they going to quit selling us pilsner?
I can see the point of not wanting to hurt a commercial hop growers profit....But if you think of it that way...Why can i buy tomato seeds? I could go to the store and buy a freakin cardboard tasteing tomato...but i want a full flavored tomato that is the size of my hand.

I have got 1 source allready for a tet/haulatower hop plant....but allways looking for anouther kind that i like to use.

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Its not to protect their profit, its to protect the plants from disease and infestation.

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I think it's more about different genotypes, from different areas, potentially harboring disease and/or parasites that could decimate commercial crops. You are planting rhizomes with hops, not seeds.

Beat me to it!

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When you grow hops from seed like you saw in the catalog, you don't know if you are growing male or female plants.

Introducing male hops to a hop agricultural area you would severely damage the commercial crop because the female plants would be pollinated and start producing massive amount of seeds.

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Washington tries hard to quarantine the crops here. Even driving down our own highways, they have quarantine areas posted.

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Nothing beats pulling into agriculture check station coming into northern California! I brought some apples back from my last trip back home to Washington to visit the family, forgot I had them in the car actually, and when I mentioned them to the agricultural officer he acted like I told him I had four small nuclear devices in the car!!

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