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pm5k00 05-14-2011 12:07 AM

South Texas Hop Garden
 
This is my first year growing hops. I read that they don't grow well below the 35th parallel, but I'm on the 29th (Cibolo, TX) and they seem to be doing fine so far. I'm just north of San Antonio, and after reading through EdWort's trials and tribulations of growing hops at the 30th parallel I wasn't sure how id fare, but i wanted to create a new thread for anyone else in the area and see how everything is working out for us down south.

The Garden was planted on March 25th 2011. i dug 8 holes about 1' deep and used a mix of the existing soil and cow manure, rhizomes were planted 2-3 inches down. i did not build up a mound as they are already planted on a slight grade. wood stakes with a hole drilled near the top for 1/4" rope that attaches to eye hooks in the fascia of the house.

I have (in order of front of the house to the back)

2 Nugget, 2 Chinook, 1 Cascade, 1 Centennial, 2 Sterling

March 31st

The beginning
http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/...3-31190822.jpg

Nugget
http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/...4-01103628.jpg

Sterling
http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/...4-01103135.jpg

Sterling close up
http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/...3-31190755.jpg

pm5k00 05-14-2011 12:09 AM

Here are pics from April 13th

Nugget
http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/...4-13152905.jpg

Chinook
http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/...4-13152915.jpg

Cascade and Centennial
http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/...4-13152941.jpg

pm5k00 05-14-2011 12:13 AM

And pics from today

Nugget
http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/...5-13155522.jpg

Chinook (the one on the right is 7' tall)
http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/...5-13155508.jpg

Cascade and Centennial
http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/...5-13155455.jpg

Sterling on the far right
http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/...5-13155403.jpg

other view
http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/...5-13155532.jpg

The Sterling are the slowest growing even thought they were one of the first to shoot up, they both had 3 or 4 vines, but i recently pruned them back to 1 or 2 per plant to make them grow quicker. They all get at least 4 hours of direct sun, that is until the the neighbors house's shadow get to the base of the hops, but they will get almost 7 as the reach the top of the ropes. Also I am planning on running more rope down from the eye hooks so the vines ( i don't like calling them bines) can grow back down to the ground and hopefully reach up to 18' in length.

VVino 05-16-2011 02:12 PM

Glad to see another fellow south/central Texas hops grower! I think the limited sun will help them with the coming hot summer temps. Keep us updated on which varieties do best.

I've got first year Wilamette, Mt Hood, Cascade, Nugget, and Centennial in planters here in Austin. So far the Cascade and Nugget seem to be doing the best with both producing hop cones already. Centennial not far behind. Still to early for any verdict. I've got a thread going here as well.

Good luck and I'll stay tuned!

_JP_ 05-16-2011 02:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pm5k00 (Post 2921728)
This is my first year growing hops. I read that they don't grow well below the 35th parallel, but I'm on the 29th (Cibolo, TX) and they seem to be doing fine so far....

My understanding is that they grow just fine further South, but may not flower due to the length of day not being long enough.

I read elsewhere where folks are growing hops in Africa, and they use halogen lights at night to induce flowering. Through selective breeding, they even came up with their own cultivar that would flower naturally down there.

pm5k00 05-18-2011 08:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by _JP_ (Post 2927201)
My understanding is that they grow just fine further South, but may not flower due to the length of day not being long enough.

I haven't heard that before about the flowering.... I have what i think are the start of cones on 3 or 4 of the plants. will post a pic soon.

SaltyTX 03-30-2012 12:45 PM

whatever became of your hops through the rough summer/fall?

HARDHEAD 03-30-2012 05:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SaltyTX (Post 3945181)
whatever became of your hops through the rough summer/fall?

dont know about his, but last year was so brutal mine didnt survive the 30 days straight of 100+ last summer

pm5k00 03-30-2012 08:53 PM

They all survived,I made sure to water them everyday, and they don't get direct sunlight till about noon, so that helped. The Nugget, Cascade, and Chinook did the best, giving me about 1/2 oz dried weight of hops per plant, the Sterling never got above 2', and the Centennial stopped at 4'.

All plants survived the winter and are growing again, I also planted 1 more Cascade, 2 Columbus, and 2 Summit. I'm in the process of getting 2 crowns of wild Hops from another member on this forum also.

badbrew 03-30-2012 09:26 PM

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Originally Posted by pm5k00 (Post 3946947)
They all survived,I made sure to water them everyday, and they don't get direct sunlight till about noon, so that helped. The Nugget, Cascade, and Chinook did the best, giving me about 1/2 oz dried weight of hops per plant, the Sterling never got above 2', and the Centennial stopped at 4'.

All plants survived the winter and are growing again, I also planted 1 more Cascade, 2 Columbus, and 2 Summit. I'm in the process of getting 2 crowns of wild Hops from another member on this forum also.

Good to hear. I will see some 100+ days in July for sure. I'm thinking of building a misting system.


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