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Old 06-23-2013, 05:49 PM   #11
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I'm in Glenview and my cascades(2nd year) are bushy and 14' tall already

My 2nd year Centennials are not quite as robust and about 6-8' tall right now

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Old 06-25-2013, 08:45 PM   #12
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This is my first yr growing hops and was wondering if you need to cut them off at the ground every yr? I have a northern, chinook, and mugnum right now and the chinook is about 3 ft taller then the other 2 right now

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Old 06-26-2013, 11:41 AM   #13
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This is my first yr growing hops and was wondering if you need to cut them off at the ground every yr? I have a northern, chinook, and mugnum right now and the chinook is about 3 ft taller then the other 2 right now
You want to wait to cut them back until all of the bines have died and dried up in the fall/winter.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:05 PM   #14
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I missed my time this year to grow some, but, I live in Crest Hill (just north of Joliet) and not I know where to go hop pickin

Kidding. I'll have to plan better next year, but those are looking good.

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Old 06-27-2013, 02:27 AM   #15
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Does one variety (chinook vs Cascade) have darker leaves than the other? I am trying to identify some in my garden.

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Old 06-27-2013, 02:34 AM   #16
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I'm sure this has been answered, but I had no luck searching for it.

I bought some rhizomes from LHBS, is there a way to tell how "old" they are? This is what I'm getting at, the first year the cones are supposed to be minimal. But since their rhizomes, they're from a plant that could already be a few year old, furthermore that plant could have been from rhizomes that were a few year old... and so on. Unless you're growing from seeds, your rhizomes are from an "old" plant.

Maybe I just don't understand the concept behind rhizomes...

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Old 06-27-2013, 03:35 AM   #17
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I just started my rhizomes two or three weeks ago and they already needing a more permanent home. Gonna go with a half whiskey barrel/close-line trellis from home depot and see how they go from there. I ordered two Chinook and two Goldings just to see if I could keep something alive for 1 week (not a green thumb)


BTW I forgot to mark which hop plants were what

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Old 06-27-2013, 12:51 PM   #18
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1st year hop grower here. I've got 2 cascade, 1 nugget, 1 Zeus, 1 Centennial, and one mystery plant(it's either Magnum or Chinook). All are doing well, but the Cascade especially grows like nothing I've ever seen before, it's a monster. Nugget seems to be a fast grower as well. I'll take a pic of my set up, I recently finished it and have to wrap the vines up(before they were growing up tomato stakes).

Since they're growing so well, next March I plan on ordering about 50 rhizomes and will sell fresh hops to the local home brew shops/farmers markets/beer festivals/etc... My job permits me to have Summers off and growing these have been quite enjoyable.

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Old 06-27-2013, 04:15 PM   #19
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Also in the Chicago area. As I am in a rental town home, I used 12" pots to start my plants this year. I have a pot of Mt Hood, one of Northern Brewer and one of Cascade. The first two have done well, trying to train them to grow up a fence. The cascade not growing as fast- partially due to a midnight attack by a squirrel or two.

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Old 06-28-2013, 02:24 AM   #20
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You are right about the first year hops , I had all vine and no hops, this year I have a 20' x 4' hop garden and they are looking great. Seems down here in SC the C hop plants grow the best.
AIKEN hell yea! ever grow Goldings? mine have been sucking for the 2 yrs I've had them here in montmorenci. not one useable hop!
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