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starrfish 03-10-2010 06:19 PM

Growing Hops In SC?
I'm about to pre-order some hop rhizomes.

Any advice on varieties that grow well in the South (SC).
I've been told cascade does well. Also Chinook and Mt Hood.

Any thoughts on Goldings or Centennial? Web site I'm ordering from says good in all climates. I brew mostly ales... so I would get most use out of Cascade, Goldings, and Centennial. Possibly Chinook last... Mt. Hood not at all.

Probably order 3-4 Rhizomes... 1 cascade for sure, and 2 others ...

Planning on doing a simple twine trellis for each... tent stake in ground to eye hook in roof over hang back down to a second tent stake to make a big inverted V. Planting on south side of house (house faces east). That side of house gets sun all day...

How far apart should they be planted apart for 3 different varieties? I've read somewhere 5' apart for different varieties and 3' apart for same.

Any advice would be appreciated for a noob hop grower!

Orangevango 03-12-2010 08:03 PM

Goldings would be a bad idea. The Advice everyone has given me is to stick to the "C" hops, cascade, columbus, etc. But, I am putting in 200 rhizomes this year in Blythewood SC: 50 each of Cascade, Centennial, Willamette, and Nugget.

As to spacing, just make sure to separate the varieties enough that the runners wont get all intermingled. The 3 feet between two rhizomes of the same variety thing is a good number, but I would probably separate the different varieties more than 5 feet, like 8-10, just to avoid possible headaches.

Best of luck.

57plymouth 03-22-2010 01:36 PM

Wow! I just started to think about growing hops this morning, and I looked here for info.

I live in Blythewood, SC as well. You just made selection very easy for me!

Riddei 10-06-2011 03:20 PM

Rise thread, Rise!
So how are the hops growing for y'all? I live in Conway SC and want to plant some hops this year. I figure I'll have to dig out a huge area of clay and lay in some actual soil. I have a southern facing home and wanted to plant them right on the front porch columns. HOA be darned.

Aunt_Ester 10-07-2011 12:13 AM

My Virginia Cascades boomed this summer. I think planting C-hops around this area is sound advice.

Jagdad 10-11-2011 05:49 PM

I think you will find that any of the hybrids (diploids & triploids) do well. Most people think that they are having trouble with the old standards like Golding, Saaz, & Fuggle; when actually they are trying to compare them to a hybrid like Chinook or Perle. It is like comparing a pony to a racehorse - no contest. (But the ponies have some of their own tricks!) I grow them all - check out my gallery at left, or go to greatlakeshops.com for info - look under "docs".

B-Hoppy 10-12-2011 03:52 AM


Originally Posted by Jagdad (Post 3378972)
It is like comparing a pony to a racehorse - no contest. (But the ponies have some of their own tricks!) I grow them all - check out my gallery at left, or go to greatlakeshops.com for info - look under "docs".

I hear the ponies are easier to grow if you use peat moss rather than just regular compost when you amend the soil? Any truth to that? Mine have done pretty well with just compost but it seems their hooves need to be trimmed on a much more frequent basis and figured if the peat moss theory was true, I might have better results and not have to trim so much. The blacksmith says it's an 'old-wives-tale'. Any thoughts would really be appreciated!

Whippy 10-26-2011 06:18 PM

2012 will be my first year for growing and I intend on putting in Cascade, Chinook, and Magnum after studying some literature on them online. I hope we can all share notes from this climate zone!

BlindWillieBrewer 10-26-2011 10:41 PM

Don't live in SC but here are some experiences I've witnessed over 2 years of growth.. Zeus, Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade did good for a 1st year harvest. 2nd year no luck due to drought and high heat over the summer. Latitude where I live is about 31 degrees N. I believe most hops are grown in the 45+ degrees North. Try an experiment. But I would most certainly stay with strains known to produce well in your area from other homebrewers. Buying other strains is a waste of money.

shotputman 01-22-2012 10:26 AM

Looking to buy rhizomes myself......any updates on your hops??

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