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Old 03-31-2011, 06:03 PM   #1
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Default Who's growing hops in the San Joaquin Valley?

Hey all, I've got a bunch of hops going into the ground this spring. Some are second year plants coming out of their containers (magnum, sterling, nugget, casacde, zeus/tomahawk/columbus) and others are first year rhizomes (centennial, chinook, horizon). I know some of my fellow San Joaquin brewers are growing some of these 8 varieties. I'm curious who's growing what, and what seems to fare well in this climate. I'll try to post some updates about my 2nd year crop to help other would-be Valley hop growers.

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(ignore the following search terms: San Joaquin hop growing varieties visalia fresno bakersfield central valley california)

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Old 03-31-2011, 09:29 PM   #2
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Ill have some growing in Manteca as soon as i get them from my LHBS.

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no update to this post? I"m learning you need to make a fake title to get people to read threads... Planting 2 cascade rhizomes in the back but it only gets light from 1 to 6pm. dug it down 19 inches so the soil isnt compact. hopfully it does good. i have mint in the back that does good but only gets like 2 hours sun. Think im gonna train horizontal across my cinderblock wall, then maybe get some for the other side...... any thoughts?

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p.s. bitches. im located in fresno, ca. jk...lol... man im serious but this is funny right now... i love the hops cousin.

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Random... Did you see the date of the tread? Over a year old...

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I have 3 Cascades and 3 Magnums that have shoots all over. then I have one Willamette that I am not sure about. It only get direct sun from noon to sunset so I am not sure. But I am sure I will find out here in the next few weeks.

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The OP speaks!!! Hahaha...

Here's the results from last year: I pulled the sterling and magnum; both plants fared so poorly that I didn't want to waste any more water and time on them. The nugget outproduced the other varieties (but I think that might be because it's transplanted crown was the largest when it went into the ground), followed by zeus, chinook, centennial and cascade, which might gave suffered due to the fact the it gets less sunshine than the other mounds.

This season I trimmed all the first shoots of each plant to the ground and limited all the mound to the three best bines. The chinook is exploding feet ahead of the others -- I'm not sure why. Cascade looks like it's going to be weak again this year, and all the bines are at least 5 ft long. Last year's harvest was a measly (dry) half pound. This year I hope to fill some 5 gallon buckets!

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no update to this post? I"m learning you need to make a fake title to get people to read threads... Planting 2 cascade rhizomes in the back but it only gets light from 1 to 6pm. dug it down 19 inches so the soil isnt compact. hopfully it does good. i have mint in the back that does good but only gets like 2 hours sun. Think im gonna train horizontal across my cinderblock wall, then maybe get some for the other side...... any thoughts?
I dug my hop hills a good 3-4 feet and filled the hole with compost and fertilizer. Hops produce huge rhizomes and will thrive in rich soil.

In my experience, mint does great everywhere -- even in full shade on the north side of my house!

I'm not hop growing expert but it is my understanding that hops can grow horizontal but they will fight it and won't produce as much as if they were allowed to grow vertically. I say grow what you can where you can.
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Do you have any rizomes you would be willing to share. I live in Hanford and would love to get a few more varieties going in the front yard.

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Do you have any rizomes you would be willing to share. I live in Hanford and would love to get a few more varieties going in the front yard.

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I'll be happy to cut a couple for you this fall.
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