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Hop_Hero 11-29-2012 10:06 PM

Hop Growers in Southern California
 
Anyone here have success home growing hops in Southern California, ideally North San Diego County? I started this year with three varieties. Cascade, Centennial, and Fuggles. The cascade got about 3 feet tall with no hops, Centennial got about 1 foot then a damn cat dug it up, and the Fuggle got about 8 feet with no hops. I'm hoping next year the fuggle will grow like crazy and the cascade will show improvement.

What varieties has anyone had success with in socal? I've heard Chinook does well. I live in a small agricultural town known for Avocados and Citrus trees.

cram 11-30-2012 02:08 AM

I've had good success with Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial in Poway. Not much success with Tettnang, though, and I don't think the Fuggles will do to well in our climate--it's surprising to me that your Fuggles outdid the Cascade. It could be the quality of rhizomes you planted, the soil, amount of sunlight, inputs, or a host of factors that led to a poor result this year but keep at it because they grow really well in our climate, especially the C varieties. I've sold or traded 200+ rhizomes to local growers and brewers and have heard good reports from them, so if you're in the need of some rhizomes come spring, shoot me a PM.

Hop_Hero 11-30-2012 04:42 PM

I will defiantly be contacting you for some rhizomes. The ones i ordered from more beer seemed dry by the time i got them.

OCBrewin 11-30-2012 04:49 PM

I might have to as well... :)

I live in Huntington now but am from Fallbrook - still down there a lot with the wifey and inlaws. I planted 3 years ago before really knowing much. Now I have 4 varieties that I don't use much: Magnum, Mt Hood, Nugget and Northern Brewer. Would love to get some better aroma hops going like cascades or centennials.

Hop_Hero 11-30-2012 04:50 PM

OC I live in Fallbrook haha. Small world

OCBrewin 11-30-2012 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Hop_Hero (Post 4636332)
OC I live in Fallbrook haha. Small world

Haha, tis indeed. I just realized that after I re-read your post and you mentioned avos. Might have to share some homebrews sometime:tank:. I'm down there quite a bit, at least a few times a month.

Srfeutz 02-04-2013 05:59 PM

Hey, cram just wondering if you are still offering Rhizomes? I live in Santee and might be interested in buying local. I have been thinking about growing some for a couple of years and think it's time. Thanks :mug:

Rami 02-04-2013 07:32 PM

Hey, i'm in San Diego too and was just about to buy from northwest hops or fresh hops but saw this thread. I'm willing to buy some off you if they produce well. I'd rather keep it local and in the community.

cram 02-05-2013 02:17 AM

There's a lot of great vendors that support HBT that I would have no problem buying rhizomes from and some of them offer crowns, which would save you some time if you're just starting out. That said, I'll likely have some Cascade and Chinook rhizomes, at least, to offer those folks that live close by...

coosabrew 02-05-2013 02:38 AM

I am just down the road and last year planted Cascade, Centennial, CTZ, Nugget, and Chinook. All did well except Nugget, only made about 10 feet. All others went 15+ and had a decent crop. I am using drip irrigation. I think this helps alot. The CTZ is crazy, grows a foot a day, fun to watch.


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