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Old 01-23-2008, 04:47 AM   #1
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Default Hop Growing in South Florida

Anyone out there ever tried growing hops in South Florida?

I'm gonna try it. I've grown herbs that aren't supposed to grow to good here - I just kept em in big pots and watered em good twice a day. I was concerned about molds, blights and such with our high humidity.

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Old 01-23-2008, 03:08 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure, your weather and latitude are not suitable. Hops need a cold dormancy period, and then need a long enough day in the summer to flower. Generally, hops must be North of Latitude 35 degrees in order to flower.

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from what i have heard mold and squirrels are going to be your worst enemy. that being said, i am still going to try it this year.

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Florida is to far South Zone 8 is the furthest I have ever seen listed for Hops. The humidity will be your biggest problem.

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from what i have heard mold and squirrels are going to be your worst enemy. that being said, i am still going to try it this year.

Squirrels like hops?
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Only a few bucks lost by trying. Stick to early maturation hops with high fungal resistance. On the plus side, if hops haven't been grown in your area, the specialized bugs & rots should be scarce.

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Stay away from Perle (doesn't like it hot)

Amarillo is very resistant to disease and insects.

Cascade is prone to insects but can be managed.

Centennial is moderately resistant and has good yields.

Chinook should also fair okay.

As long as you manage insects and guard agains downy mildew, I think it's worth a go.

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If you are going to try this, I might suggest you plant them near some kind of outdoor light you can then turn off a couple hours after sunset. The light isn't enough for the plant to grow but there should be enough light to fool the plant into thinking the day is longer than it is. When the plants are big enough, turn the light on EVERY night for a couple hours. You might check the sunrise and sunset times for say Corvalis, Oregon, as hops grow prety well there, and then subject your plants to artificial sunrises and sunsets (adjusted to the East coast time zone of course). Once you see some buds forming, you can stop with the extra light. Oh, and make sure it is an incandescent light, as fluorescent bulbs don't have much of the proper wavelength (660 nm) needed to fool the plant.

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Not enough light in south Florida?

I would sugget growing it inside if you have a place. A 2 story room with lots of light and skylights would be best.

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The cascades I grew last year did OK. I cut them back after the dry season kicked in and I fed and watered them starting this week. I'll see if they come back then I can tell you better.



I planted them because I like gardening and they are cheap

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