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Ddubduder 01-29-2013 04:49 PM

Florida Hops experiment
 
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I wanted to start this thread to help consolidate all the experiences of everyone trying to grow hops in Florida. Several of us on HBT have had success and failures with nearly every type of hop out there. We can use this thread to provide tips, tricks and of course our experience to break the old wives tail that hops won’t grow well in warm climates.

As my first year plants grow I’ll be documenting what I learn as I go. Please feel free to post your own progress of your own plants.

I’ve received three crowns from Great Lakes Hops (great company, I would definitely recommend them), a Centennial, a Galena and a Willemette. I planted all three on January 17, 2013. It’s been a very mild winter here with very few cold days. As per the directions from Great Lakes Hops suggested, I planted all three in a mound with very little of the crown above the dirt. I actually sprinkled extra potting soil over each crown after I had planted them and then shook the plant a little to even it out. I then placed my pots in a highly shaded area where they will stay for the next two weeks. I’ve watered very little in the first few weeks, keeping the soil moist but not wet, that has been about every three to four days. I have also been trying not to water the plant directly but around the plant to help the plant reach deep for the water thereby growing a bigger root system. After the two weeks is up I’ll begin a once a month fertilizer schedule. I did use miracle grow potting soil mixed with a little compost (about 80/20 ratio) so the soil already has a little fertilizer in it. I’m going to limit the amount of liquid fertilizer and focus more on pellets as they have a better slow release function and will provide the soil with better nutrients.

One thing I would have done differently is drill bigger drainage holes in the two half barrel pots. After talking to several other growers, the root systems will likely clog any small holes you create thereby creating a drainage issue later one. If the location I plan on putting them permanently works this year, I might just plant them in the ground instead of the pots.


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Ddubduder 01-29-2013 04:52 PM

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After a few days in the ground, I am already seeing growth from all three plants, through the Centennial is doing the best. The temperature has been floating around 70s midday and 50s in the evening with a few days of extremes on both sides. The side of my house I’m keeping the plants sees only afternoon sun and very little of it, maybe 2-3 hours max. After the first two weeks is up I’ll move the plants to a location which should get about 4-5 hours of afternoon sun. I’ve read the hops need much longer hours of sun to survive but I’m changing the way I try it to adjust for Florida heat. Our sun is much more intense and 10-12 hours of sun will roast the plants.

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Ddubduder 01-29-2013 04:56 PM

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Almost two weeks in the ground and the Centennial has already produced a bine that I’m going to need to start wrapping around something soon. The other two (Galena and Willamette) are growing and showing life but have not produced a whole lot yet, it’s still very early. I am still following my expected watering schedule, about every four days. Once they get to their permanent home I have a drip system which I’ll hook them up to and keep them watered on a more daily basis, probably ramp it up over a month or so.

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Almost two weeks in the ground and the Centennial has already produced a bine that I’m going to need to start wrapping around something soon. The other two (Galena and Willamette) are growing and showing life but have not produced a whole lot yet, it’s still very early. I am still following my expected watering schedule, about every four days. Once they get to their permanent home I have a drip system which I’ll hook them up to and keep them watered on a more daily basis, probably ramp it up over a month or so.

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Ddubduder 01-29-2013 04:56 PM

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Almost two weeks in the ground and the Centennial has already produced a bine that I’m going to need to start wrapping around something soon. The other two (Galena and Willamette) are growing and showing life but have not produced a whole lot yet, it’s still very early. I am still following my expected watering schedule, about every four days. Once they get to their permanent home I have a drip system which I’ll hook them up to and keep them watered on a more daily basis, probably ramp it up over a month or so.

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Boris_the_Russian 02-05-2013 03:00 AM

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Yeah... Insects are a pain in the arse! Had a bout with spider mites last year that nearly had me leaning toward nuclear destruction but, I held out. Turned one of my Cascade plants into a multi level high-rise insect beachside retirement condo. Living in a tropical climate, bugs are to be expected.
What to do? I used an all natural, easy on the trees, chemical free approach that seemed to work well enough. (Since I plan to eat it)
3Tbls hot pepper sauce
1tsp liquid dish detergent
1cup vegetable oil
Shake well to combine and emulsify. Add 1quart of water and use in a spray bottle every 10 days or so. Stay up wind, don't breathe it in. Try not to touch your face and wash your hands.
It works well for mites and aphids. Kills on contact. Once the buds start to show and flowers begin to form.... Stop! You don't want this getting in your brew. Time to ride it out.
Try it out, see how it does against the g-hoppas. If not there is allways "Organocide" found at the local home improvement warehouse.
Welcome to the war, front line will be your backyard and you are the commander and chief. Godspeed


aiptasia 02-08-2013 08:02 PM

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My crowns came in from Great Lakes Hops late last week. I ordered two Chinook crowns and they sent me another crown of fuggles for free. I've decided to start them in 15" pots and then transfer them to the ground in March once the dangers of frosts have passed. I used Jungle Growth potting mix, which is a good ratio of 1/3 organic compost, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 perlite/vermiculite. Here's how they're doing at one week from planting. Notice how the fuggles rhizomes are sprouting up in completely different areas of the pot from the main crown.


aiptasia 02-08-2013 08:02 PM

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My crowns came in from Great Lakes Hops late last week. I ordered two Chinook crowns and they sent me another crown of fuggles for free. I've decided to start them in 15" pots and then transfer them to the ground in March once the dangers of frosts have passed. I used Jungle Growth potting mix, which is a good ratio of 1/3 organic compost, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 perlite/vermiculite. Here's how they're doing at one week from planting. Notice how the fuggles rhizomes are sprouting up in completely different areas of the pot from the main crown.


aiptasia 02-08-2013 08:02 PM

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My crowns came in from Great Lakes Hops late last week. I ordered two Chinook crowns and they sent me another crown of fuggles for free. I've decided to start them in 15" pots and then transfer them to the ground in March once the dangers of frosts have passed. I used Jungle Growth potting mix, which is a good ratio of 1/3 organic compost, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 perlite/vermiculite. Here's how they're doing at one week from planting. Notice how the fuggles rhizomes are sprouting up in completely different areas of the pot from the main crown.


Ddubduder 02-08-2013 11:09 PM

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