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Old 07-06-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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Hello all!!

I am pleased to announce that I planted some hops in my back yard, and one of them is doing exceptionally well.

I am pretty sure the huge plant is a Chinook variety and the other is a Cascade. My Mt. Hood died. So I have something eating my leaves. What is it? Any ideas? See picture below. I see some tiny little fruit fly looking flies that have

When will the cones taste/smell hoppy? I have pulled one off, it virtually had no smell, and when I ate it, it tasted like a leaf of lettuce. But not acidic/skunky at all.

Here is how I did it:

Extended my irrigation line that waters the other plants in the potter, turned on the watering 3 times a day for 15 minutes.
I planted in April ( I think), and at the base of the root, I put a piece of rebar in the ground. I then used steel rebar tie wire to tie a line from the ground to a screw in the fence about 5 feet up on the back wall.

They took off right away, and so I extended a piece of steel wire as high as I could reach with my crummy step ladder. I also had an old wooden trellis (I dont think its called that, but anyway) from a previous area in my yard and screwed it to the back wall, and then started training the vine onto it.

I did not clip or trim my plants in any way.

Do you think I will get a good yield? Also, when will the hops be ready for harvest? I can see a ton of cones and since it just rained here, the plant is looking better than ever.

Oh, and by the way, it is in a spot that gets about 6-7 hours of direct AZ sun a day.

Any input is appreciated!

Sorry, I am too lazy to re-upload the first photo. Just turn your head to the side. :-)




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Old 07-06-2012, 11:59 PM   #2
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Next time try selecting the two to four strongest bines as they come up and then cut back the rest. They will easily reach 15 feet tall with that much sun I'm willing to bet. This year I took a 6-foot T stake fence post and pounded it into the ground about 2.5 feet, and dropped a 12 foot length of ABS drainpipe over it after I'd put 4 eyebolts through the end at the top, and secured doubled hemp cord to each one. I staked them down about 6 feet from the pole. This is because I have 4 varieties growing and now they each have their own cord. I could have added another six feet to the pole however, because the bines are already 3 feet beyond the top. Next year for sure. You could try it with just the one pole for your plant.

Looks like insect damage is minimal so I'd live with it. No telling what it is, but from the looks I would rule out something like spider mites or aphids. Considering the rather lush foliage I think that if you water well and use Super Bloom you will get plenty of hops. Pick them without cutting the foliage back until it dies in the fall, then trim it to the ground. Try brewing with fresh cones (not dried). The aroma is awesome.

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Old 07-07-2012, 05:50 AM   #3
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The damage on the leaves looks a lot like earwigs. You can always head out at night and inspect the plants and see what is munching them. I have been battling earwigs for a couple weeks now. I have to say i feel a little like Bill Murray in caddyshack minus the explosives(yet).

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Old 07-07-2012, 04:18 PM   #4
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Glad to hear it is possible to grow hops in AZ. The hop cone pictured is barely out of the burr (spiney) stage - it is not ready for harvest. They will be larger than that and more fragrant and full of lupulin when ripe. When the cones are larger and squeeze easily, and bounce back - they are ready for harvest. Before that stage, they will not squeeze much at all. Hope this helps.

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