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Old 04-07-2012, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default South Georgia Hops

I decided to try my hand in growing some hops this year, I'll be posting my progress. I live in south Georgia and it gets scorching hot down here so we'll see how it goes! Here they are, freshly planted. Cascade will be on the left and Columbus on the right. I'll get the rope up sometime next week. I don't think the picture is going to upload for some reason, but I'll post it when I get to work in an hour...

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Old 04-07-2012, 07:45 PM   #2
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Several members of the Augusta Homebrewers Association, including myself, grow hops. We had pretty good luck here in Augusta. It important to pick some that are hearty, and I think you have. I water mine about a pint every 2 days. Last year was my first year and I had two that grew about 12 feet long. My friend John actually got a very good harvest off of his last year.

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Old 04-07-2012, 08:19 PM   #3
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Yea I was wondering how wet i should keep them right now, I plan to put some mulch down over them soon to combat evaporation. Those poles are 8 feet tall, 7 from the top of the bed so they have 7 feet to climb initially. I'll be slacking the rope and wrapping it around the pole and then leading it back through its hole and back up to the top to give them as much height as i can. Looking forward to this new venture...

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Old 04-08-2012, 10:52 PM   #4
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Subscribed. I am in Savannah and have thought about starting. Keep us updated.

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Old 04-08-2012, 11:00 PM   #5
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I live just north of atlanta and I always hear that Mildew from our high humidy and bugs are our issue here. This is my 3rd year and I haven't had a problem with either yet. I do trim off the bottom 12 inches of leaves once they start to get tall to help with the mildew anyway. Good luck! I got 7lbs of cascades last year.

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Old 04-08-2012, 11:05 PM   #6
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Like the way you have that set up.

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Old 04-09-2012, 12:09 AM   #7
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I live just north of atlanta and I always hear that Mildew from our high humidy and bugs are our issue here. This is my 3rd year and I haven't had a problem with either yet. I do trim off the bottom 12 inches of leaves once they start to get tall to help with the mildew anyway. Good luck! I got 7lbs of cascades last year.
I'm starting my first year with 5 types in Marietta.

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How many cascade plants did it take to get those 7 lbs thats awesome.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:26 PM   #8
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I have a wild variety of hops from PA growing here in Columbus, first year. I have mine growing in partial shade, and they are about 1' tall. I figure that I would rather risk lower production than killing my hops with too much heat. Once they have established, I'll see how they handle the heat in a more exposed location.

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Old 04-09-2012, 09:40 PM   #9
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Yeah i've been a little worried about the heat too, but thats one advantage of planting them in these barrels...if it ends up being too much for them I'll just move them to an area with more shade.

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Awesome! I'm jealous. Living in an apartment, I don't really think I can handle a hop vine climbing up the side of my building...

Hope they turn out!

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