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Old 03-13-2012, 11:29 PM   #1
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Default Florida hops growing ( a log )

I live in West Central Florida and I haven't seen too much info anywhere about growing hops in the area, so I will keep a log on here as I go and hopefully help some people out as well as receive input.

Zone: 10, according to the UF extension office only info I could find

Didn't have a single frost this year.

Soil:well, there isn't any, It's basically just sand.

Plan: I will be planting four different (Willamette, Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook) varieties in Four different exposures.

3-11-12
First rhizomes to arrive are two Willamette, these are planted with a North East exposure which does not get any shade until late in the day, approx. 8pm in the summer.

I planted these in 3 gallon pots with the bottom cut out. I did this for several reasons, to keep the very aggressive Spanish Needles ( Bidens Alba ) from taking over as they have done with everything in my yard, ease of watering, ease adding nutrients, and will make it easier to move, if ever the need be.

I filled the pots with Miracle-Gro Garden soil, I have used this in the past with great results so I couldn't find a reason not to again.



I planted the rhizomes vertically because they already had shoots going in that direction.

I cut a couple holes in the pots and screwed an 8 foot long 2x4 on the already existing structure (janky Mini ramp) that's about 4 foot high for a total of 12' tall. Put a screw on top and ran the yard twine to the pots.




I will update when the other rhizomes come in or when there is visible growth.



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Old 03-19-2012, 10:13 PM   #2
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Planted the Cascades last week and they are starting to sprout already. They were planted the exact same was as the Willamette. Planted them in an area that gets more morning shade.



-still nothing from the Willamette.


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Old 03-20-2012, 01:26 AM   #3
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Good to see the Cascades sprouting in such short time. How deep did you plant them? I live on the east coast in Titusville. I'm getting 2 Cascade rhizomes that I plan on planting Wednesday. I'm going to try the trellis method that edecambra in S. Florida is using.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/south-florida-hop-growing-261214/

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 03-20-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
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Thanks, I plan on building a trellis today.

I planted vertically (because the sprouts were already pointing in that direction) with about a .25" to .5" of the rhizome sticking out.

The sprouts grew about an inch since yesterday.

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Good to see a recent thread on this. I just planted a Cascade and Magnum about a week ago. About an hour east of you and there already about 18". Guess I get to build a trellis tomorrow. I can't wait to see your progress, keep us updated, looks good.

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Planted the Cascades last week and they are starting to sprout already. They were planted the exact same was as the Willamette. Planted them in an area that gets more morning shade.



-still nothing from the Willamette.
Glad to see that I am not the only one that is not seeing any activity from my Williamette. I just planted it along with the cascade on the 20th and I am seeing sprouts almost exactly like yours from the cascade
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I was just starting to worry myself, it must just be normal for the strain. Te cascades are now 6 inches tall or so.

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I was just starting to worry myself, it must just be normal for the strain. Te cascades are now 6 inches tall or so.
I am seeing some decent activity from the Williamette now and the Cascade is growing about an inch per day
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Good luck to you - I'm interested to see how you do. There's a guy who did some Cascades last year in S Florida who got some hops off his first year plant. Not sure if he's still around or not.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/south-florida-hop-growing-261214/

I'd think you'll get some cones from the C hops, but I'm not sure about Willamette. I've got 5 varieties growing in NC (Cascades, Magnum, Santiam, Centennial, and Willamette) and the Willamette is the weakest plant of the 5. But this is their second year so we'll see if they do any better this year.

Edit: Here's another Fl grower for you to check out:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/florida-first-year-hops-253273/

I think Cascades will grow and produce anywhere. That plant is a beast.

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Good luck to you - I'm interested to see how you do. There's a guy who did some Cascades last year in S Florida who got some hops off his first year plant. Not sure if he's still around or not.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/south-florida-hop-growing-261214/

I'd think you'll get some cones from the C hops, but I'm not sure about Willamette. I've got 5 varieties growing in NC (Cascades, Magnum, Santiam, Centennial, and Willamette) and the Willamette is the weakest plant of the 5. But this is their second year so we'll see if they do any better this year.

Edit: Here's another Fl grower for you to check out:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/florida-first-year-hops-253273/

I think Cascades will grow and produce anywhere. That plant is a beast.
Sounds good I ordered two Centennial rhizomes as well because I will probably use those more than the others anyways...


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