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Old 09-02-2008, 07:17 PM   #11
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Did anyone plant any Willamette this year? This is my first attempt at growing hops and my Willamette is only about 6 or 7 ft tall but not flowering. My cascades, on the other hand, are over 13 ft have tons of hops and my Centennial is just starting to flower.



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Old 09-02-2008, 08:12 PM   #12
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Did anyone plant any Willamette this year? This is my first attempt at growing hops and my Willamette is only about 6 or 7 ft tall but not flowering. My cascades, on the other hand, are over 13 ft have tons of hops and my Centennial is just starting to flower.
same results for me. My Cascade and Nugget rhizomes were huge and produce well for 1st year plants, Willamette looks good but only 8 ft tall no buds, hallertauer and fuggles 6 ft and struggling. I think rhizome condition and variety will produce different results. I contacted a hop researcher from Oregon and he recommended Cascade, Nugget, cluster and another variety as good growers. he was right about cascade and nugget. charlie
edit: the rhizomes from the haller and Fugs were scrawny, the Willamette was better but not as big as C & N


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Old 09-03-2008, 12:54 AM   #13
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this may seem odd but i planted my first year hops and one produced cones and one didint. Now that "harvest" is done should i cut them back or just let them grow? they are continuing to produce new side shoots and keep in mind im in SOCAL so its fairly warm all year.

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I'd let them grow for a while yet. They'll continue to feed the roots as long as they grow. Maybe mid/late October cut them back if they haven't died back by then. Someone else may be more knowledgeable on your locale, but once you get a frost and they start going brown it's time to cut them back. Obviously you don't get much (any?) frost in SOCAL, but the timing would be about right I guess.

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I'd let them grow for a while yet. They'll continue to feed the roots as long as they grow. Maybe mid/late October cut them back if they haven't died back by then. Someone else may be more knowledgeable on your locale, but once you get a frost and they start going brown it's time to cut them back. Obviously you don't get much (any?) frost in SOCAL, but the timing would be about right I guess.

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Thats nice to know, because the August heat was brutal on mine, out of the four I planted only one of them has much of anything left.

I'm thinking of building a nice bed for them, and digging them up and moving them somewhere else - I don't really like where I planted them anyway, they are in the way.

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Did anyone plant any Willamette this year? This is my first attempt at growing hops and my Willamette is only about 6 or 7 ft tall but not flowering. My cascades, on the other hand, are over 13 ft have tons of hops and my Centennial is just starting to flower.
I planted Willamette, early in the season it was coming on strong - lots of growth - plenty of leaves and green. But it was the first one to succumb to the heat, not much left of it at all now.
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Did anyone plant any Willamette this year? This is my first attempt at growing hops and my Willamette is only about 6 or 7 ft tall but not flowering. My cascades, on the other hand, are over 13 ft have tons of hops and my Centennial is just starting to flower.
I planted a first year Williamette and my results are similar. In fact, if it makes you feel better, my Goldings and Chinook look the same. No flowers, no cones, and about 7 feet tall.

I guess the key to a good first year is getting Cascades. They seem to rock.
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My 2nd year Galenas are budded out nicely. I can't wait to make my first brew with them.

The 2nd year Willamettes grew to about 10ft, but no cones. It was a wee little rhizome when it planted, and only was about 3ft tall last year.

I expect that next year will be amazing for the Galenas, and better for the Willamettes.

The Galenas have made my deck (10' up from ground level) very attractive, and fragrant!



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