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Old 02-13-2008, 03:16 PM   #11
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Some time in March I think around the middle of the month.

Can they be stored in some way for extended periods? I'd like to buy some this year, but I wouldn't be able to plant them until July or August at the earliest.
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:57 PM   #13
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Some time in March I think around the middle of the month.
Yes. Some may start taking pre-orders but they do not ship until mid march.
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:00 PM   #14
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Can they be stored in some way for extended periods? I'd like to buy some this year, but I wouldn't be able to plant them until July or August at the earliest.
They can be stored in the fridge, wrapped in a moist towel. But I am not sure they should be stored for that long.

If I were you I'd plant them in buckets. The first year is generally a focus on the root system. Although they can produce some , not too useful, cones that year and they will create a near typical bine.
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:40 PM   #15
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First year, they'd be fine in containers.

Freshops starts taking orders on March 20th. Some places take orders earlier, but will still be delivering in March/April.

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Old 02-18-2008, 08:02 PM   #16
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So you shouldn't expect a actual yield your first year?

bigjohnmilford- What exactly did the simpsons tamacco have to do with growing hops?

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So you shouldn't expect a actual yield your first year?
I believe that is correct.
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So you shouldn't expect a actual yield your first year?

bigjohnmilford- What exactly did the simpsons tamacco have to do with growing hops?
My first year Cascades yielded 8 ounces of dried cones. I threw them out regardless as I assumed there is no chance that the Alpha/Beta content was worth anything. Mostly I just used them to twaek my drying process.

The 2 other first year plants didn't "fruit" at all.
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Old 02-19-2008, 03:05 AM   #19
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I've harvested about 200gm of wet hops off my cascade already, there's at least another 200gm on the plant still waiting to 'ripen'. But apparently most plants don't yield the first season.

They smell like cascade so far (not as strong as I think they should though) and have a decent amount of yellow resins in them. I'm still gonna use them, probably just for a massive late kettle addition in an APA or something.

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I was going to call BS on you denimglen, but then I saw you were in New Zealand. Blast you people and your southern hemisphere!

homegrown hops are best used for flavor and aroma since bittering can vary wildly, and unless you have the hops sent to a lab the IBU's are unknown. So yea, using them in a late addition is best.

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