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JDFlow 04-24-2013 12:40 AM

First time grower in Seattle
Planted 1 cascade 2 Chinook and 3 Northern Brewer. The Northern Brewer is going nuts. The cascade is above soil but slow.

acidrain 04-24-2013 05:43 AM

Same here... the Cascade is the slowest.
I have Cascade, Mt. Hood, Tettnanger, and Chinook. The Mt. hood it about 18" tall already, and the Cascade is a group of miniature bushes about 3" round and 1" tall.

northcal 04-24-2013 05:57 AM

I planted the same hops while I was up in OR. Due to some neglect and insect damage, they all suffered somewhat. The cascades overgrew all of the others and were a bumper crop for me year after year. They were great plants.

Good luck on your harvest!

lgilmore 04-24-2013 06:26 AM

Some varieties of hops will just grow better than others on the west side of the mountains. 30 mins north of Seattle and my Glacier, Willamette and Hallertau are already up to about 6 foot on several bines. My centential is still under a foot high.

Look for hop varieties that can handle wet weather for the west side. The hops that need heat (like centential) will underperform. It almost seems as bittering hops need heat.

JDFlow 04-25-2013 01:15 AM

Spoke too soon. Came home and the Chinook took off about 1/2" above soil today.

JDFlow 04-25-2013 01:59 AM

... also, one of the northern brewer bines is maroon in color. Is that normal?

chuckstout 04-25-2013 03:58 AM

My NB plant is the same, maroon on the tips of the bines and is growing very well again this year.

acidrain 04-25-2013 04:48 AM

All my sprouts were maroon... all four varieties. They looked like miniature maroon asparagus sprouts.

Komocabo 04-25-2013 05:03 AM

My 2nd year nuggets and galena are about 5' already. I have a 6 year old Willamette that is about a foot tall. Added 3 new varieties this year: cascade, centennial, and zeus. All are just starting to poke up few inches. Gotta love the fertile Willamette Valley!

JDFlow 04-25-2013 05:53 AM


Originally Posted by acidrain (Post 5140741)
All my sprouts were maroon... all four varieties. They looked like miniature maroon asparagus sprouts.


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