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Old 05-12-2010, 06:15 AM   #1
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Aloha. I am trying to grow hops in Hawaii. I live up the Mountain, so it is cooler than you think. My questions are in regards to winter. All I have read suggests that the plant will die after frost. Not gonna happen here. Will the plant continue to grow over the winter? Should I cut it back in late fall? Should I let it go until the are cones? Plants are in the ground and doing well. We are also supposed to get a lot of rain this summer.

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Old 05-12-2010, 06:52 AM   #2
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Didn't try this when I lived in HI, but from what I've read about hops growing, is they don't do well in the tropics because they need a shorted photo period (daylight) in order to trigger flowering. I suppose you could try growing indoors under grow lights like some other things that are grown in Maui, but that would be really difficult and probably not worth it.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:27 PM   #3
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I have heard of some hops being able to flower in Hawaii. Also be careful about following agricultural laws and regs. I am not sure if any exist for hops in Hawaii, but I imagine it would be very invasive in that climate.

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Old 05-12-2010, 05:16 PM   #4
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What is your latitude?? If it's North of 35 degrees or so, you should be OK. South of that, the days are too short. They have tried artificial lights to extend "daylight" in India, but......

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Old 05-12-2010, 07:24 PM   #5
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I've found that in the winter months a grow light works. Here's one you can try: www.vegetronix.com/Products/Grow-Lights.phtml. It's small and unobtrusive -

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We just planted 5 cascades on Maui. I know that the sunlight is an issue. Also, you need a month of cold weather for them to go dormant. We are planting in Upcountry where we have a better climate change than the lower areas of Maui. We will see how they do and may possibly plant more if they work in the 2nd year.

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Just posted picture of cascade near Lahaina. Its a second year. I travel back and forth and they were neglected while is was back on the mainland.
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