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Old 03-07-2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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Anyone up north have their hops growing yet? I was in the backyard yesterday and noticed chutes coming up from every plant that I have, 7 varietes. Due to this mild winter here, I'm about 2-3 months ahead of what I had last year.

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Old 03-07-2012, 05:36 PM   #2
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I've been expecting mine to come up any day now, it was 80 degrees on Sunday. Still nothing though.. I was digging around there and noticed a ton of shoots coming off my oldest plant (a 4 yr old Centennial), so it's probably only a matter of time before they break the surface.

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Old 03-07-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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Nothing for me yet in Chicago.

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Old 03-07-2012, 07:20 PM   #4
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Anyone up north have their hops growing yet? I was in the backyard yesterday and noticed chutes coming up from every plant that I have, 7 varietes. Due to this mild winter here, I'm about 2-3 months ahead of what I had last year.

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Dug through some of my mulch and had 3 inch shoots coming up already.
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Goldings
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:03 PM   #5
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I guess I take back what I said earlier, my wife just sent me a pic of the front yard hops, cascades have already broken the surface

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Uh oh. I was planning on transplanting mine from pots to ground in April. May have to push that up.

And I'm going to have to see if mine are doing anything when I get home tonight.

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Nothing yet, but I expect them to start comming through any day.

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Got inch-long shoots
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I have one second year Cascade that just barely has some shoots in Seattle. Planning on planting some more varieties this season.

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Anyone up north have their hops growing yet? I was in the backyard yesterday and noticed chutes coming up from every plant that I have, 7 varietes. Due to this mild winter here, I'm about 2-3 months ahead of what I had last year.

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Just out of curiosity, was last year your first or second year growing them? The reason I ask is that there's a big difference from 'starts' to a plant that's got a year's growth under it's belt. Sometimes it takes two years for them to really get established.

If they've been in the ground for a couple years, then yeah, it's most likely the mild weather. Mine are pushing, but nothing's really broken ground yet. The rhizomes I'm digging are to the point where they should be in mid April. Soil temps have everything to do with it. Hopefully Ma Nature doesn't do a 360 on us or all the excitement will be all-for naught. What ever she decides, you just gotta roll with it!
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