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Old 05-28-2008, 04:40 PM   #1
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Default Hop Growing In Central Texas

I have seen a few posts here concerning hop growing here in the Austin area but they are from folks that are in their first year of growth and I have seen one post asking how well do hops grow here but there wasn't any replies posted.
So I will ask are there any "veteran" hop growers out there in central Texas that have successfully cultivated hops for more than a year? If there are can you speak up and tell us any difficulties you have had to overcome and varieties that have done well here, etc.

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Old 05-28-2008, 04:50 PM   #2
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Cascade seems to be the winner in Austin. My centennial are looking like little bushes, but none have produced a climber yet from last year.



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Old 05-28-2008, 05:57 PM   #3
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Thanks Ed,
I have planted a few Cascades this year and so far they are growing well but we haven't really hit the high heat of summer yet. I grew hops for more than 5 years in South Carolina and they did well in the higher temps and humidity so I am anxiously waiting to see how they will do in a more "typical" Texan summer.

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Old 05-28-2008, 06:27 PM   #4
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I am in Austin (Cedar Park) and My centennial is really taking off.
My cascades are growing by a little behind the Cent.


I only planted 4 just my first year... but I have noticed the heat is really getting them going now.

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Old 05-29-2008, 06:14 PM   #5
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Default Hops in Austin Texas

Thanks Terry,
I'd like to keep a running on how everyone's hop plants fair over the summer. I figure if we can get through the first summer then they will have a chance of surviving and producing the hops we crave in year two.

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I am in Pflugerville as well. I planted Cascade, Mt. Hood and Nugget. Out of the three the Mt Hood is doing the best, the nugget seems to be doing the worst. I am no veteran, all 3 are 1st year, but I figured I would throw in my 2 cents.

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Cool, 3 straight posts by HBT members from Pflugerville...

Pflugerville Rocks!!!

Mine are 1st year, I'm no veteran hop grower, but the 8 I planted seem healthy so far.

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Old 12-08-2008, 03:44 PM   #8
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Default So... how did you fare in the summer?

I'm curious how y'all fared through the summer? I am planning on planting my first Rizomes this coming summer and wanted to get an idea of what to expect. Granted, I am in the DFW Area... but I figured it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to compare the weather for the spring.

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Ditto! I'm already doing my planning. I've got clay for soil, so I'm planning on doing planters, but after seeing the "Dirty Jobs" episode, I'm going to have to think through this. It seems we can count on a handful of days of those lovely straight-line winds, not to mention the baking heat, so I'm wondering how best to plan ahead.

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Another DFW future hop grower here...
What are you planning to plant?
Where are you getting you Hop Rhizomes?

What's the hardiness and heat resistant for hop? DFW is hot for sure..
I probably have to install water timer to make sure my hop bed is nice and moist.



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