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Old 06-02-2012, 01:34 AM   #131
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I got little cones on my puny little first year plants!!! Bout as big as a pencil eraser right now, but cones none the less. I'm thrilled...
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Congrats! Pictures please! What I thought were going to be cones on mine turned into sidearms.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:54 AM   #132
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Any Idea what is up with my Cascade? All my other hops are doing just fine and i haven't done anything different to any of them. Used mostly good organic soil mixed with mushroom and bat compost.
Check under the leaves for spider mites.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:02 AM   #133
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Anyone know of something I can spray to prevent downy mold on my hops while they are coning? Im starting to have issues with it on my peppers and I dont want my hop harvest being ruined by cones full of downy mold. I also dont want to spray a fungicide thats going to ruin and or kill my cones, be it by damaging them or making them chemical ridden.

If I can sum up my hop growing experience in South FL, its; if you can fight off all the bugs and critters then you can grow hops. Damn are they relentless.

And heres some hop porn from my Cascade..

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Old 06-18-2012, 03:55 PM   #134
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I have around 12 dime sized hop flowers that are developing but several buds that dried up. Any thoughts about water or fertilizer or if this is normal? Plants are first year cascade and are ok healthy otherwise.

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Old 06-19-2012, 06:57 PM   #135
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I have around 12 dime sized hop flowers that are developing but several buds that dried up. Any thoughts about water or fertilizer or if this is normal? Plants are first year cascade and are ok healthy otherwise.
I had this happen with a few of mine. I don't have a for sure answer but I got the feeling it was the sun burning them after it rained. Could this be your problem too?
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:17 AM   #136
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I dont think so. Most of my flowers are near the end where it gets the most sun. The dried up cones are about halfway up where it gets sun for the morning only. Maybe thats the answer...

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:14 AM   #137
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I'm so glad to see such a lively discussion in this thread, it is what I was hoping would happen to get some info out there for florida growers. Sorry I've ben missing for so long but my plants are growing strong and when I can get some photos ill post an update. Cheers everyone

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Old 06-20-2012, 08:20 PM   #138
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What hops strains do best in Florida?

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After reading the post from The east coast, I decided to give it a try. I ordered a bunch and should get them in march. From what I have been reading stick with the c's (centineal, chinook etc)
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And again for those considering doing this, make sure you get the morning sun and afternoon shade to protect from that extreme heat. I think you would have the most luck with hearty C type hops. If my very limited experience is any indication of how it works, Cascades rocked and I had no luck from the nugget, which I might want to trade for some other variety when people on here start digging theirs up!!
I think this is the impression most who have tried in FL came to.
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Thanks for the info KeyWest. Do you have to worry about squirrels or other critters eating the hops?

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