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Old 02-09-2009, 04:28 PM   #1
Jun 2007
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Looking to start a hop garden this spring and looking for sources of rhizomes. Looks like I am limited to in-state purveyors since the hops here are quarantined.

I've seen Hops Direct & plan to call the LHBS today: Cellar HB, HB Heaven & Larry's Brew Supply.

Anything other sources my fellow Washingtonians can think of? Anyone have some you want to share in the PNW (Seattle Area)?

Also, a couple other questions:

1. Should you only plant one rhizome per vertical trellis set up?

2. Are there any issues with planting several different varieties close to each other?

3. Are there any varieties that really thrive in the Seattle area?

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Old 02-09-2009, 05:22 PM   #2
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I would guess goldings would be the way to go in Seattle, out of 8 varieties that is the only one that fried in Boise

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Old 02-10-2009, 03:14 AM   #3
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I placed my order at the LHBS in Oly. They are supposed to call me in late Feb early Mar with news when they come in...
I was told and have read that 2 Rhizomes per mound and 6 feet between varieties (3feet between like)
I ordered 8 (4 varieties) and plan on a single row set up on a 30' line with ample East through West exposure for plenty of sun.
I don't know what will do well in my soil so hence the 4 varieties. Cascade, Centenial, Fuggle, Hallertau (sorry I can't spell them, or so spell check says)

Time will tell. Your LHBS might be able to help you with growing info for your local.

Cheers and next year, depending on what does well here, let me know and we could trade some, since the borders are closed to us in WA.

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Old 02-10-2009, 03:35 AM   #4
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Whatcom County, WA
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Historically speaking, I know Goldings and Brewers Gold were two of the most prolific varieties grown on "the west side" (mostly in the Fraser Valley near Chilliwack, BC). A friend is growing Mt. Hood and Cascade with great success out near Deming, WA (east of Bellingham, in the foothills). And I have seen locally grown, hand packed/sealed Willamette and Northern Brewer (from some dude's backyard) at my LHBS in Bellingham.
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Old 02-10-2009, 03:37 AM   #5
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The LHBS and Direct are the places to go for Rhizomes. Only one per trellis varieties should be seperated by a few feet.
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:08 AM   #6
Aug 2006
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seattle area https://www.mountainhomebrew.com/ind...OD&ProdID=2741 in kirkland pre-order now.

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Old 02-12-2009, 12:15 AM   #7
Jan 2009
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seattle area https://www.mountainhomebrew.com/ind...OD&ProdID=2741 in kirkland pre-order now.
thanks for the heads up, just put in my order

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Old 02-14-2009, 08:12 PM   #8
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Apr 2008
Spokane, WA
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Here's another located in Lakewood. The Beer Essentials. I have no experience with them -they were listed in BYO magazine as a supplier of rhizomes. I'm thinking I might take a shot at growing this year as well. Anyone have any experience at growing hops in the Spokane area? I'd be interested to see which tend to do better over here.

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Old 02-14-2009, 11:56 PM   #9
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2. Are there any issues with planting several different varieties close to each other?
The sidearms can run up to 3 feet long & they will grab anything they can, including other hop plants. Anything less than 5' and they will intermingle.
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:31 AM   #10
Mar 2006
Tri-Cities, WA
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I ordered mine from Fresh Hops last year. <http://www.freshops.com> Very satisfied with their service. (See order below). I live in Eastern Wa, which is hop growing country.

For my first year, I had a good crop, about 1 lb yield dry (almost a paper box full), grown on one big trellis like an oil derrick (3 inverted rose trellises), three rhizomes per side, as I have limited room. About the same amount of hops per variety. I did have a bad aphid problem, which is another thread. I just bottled my "Aphid Ale" yesterday, which tasted promising. All my hops grew together, so I just made a three hop blend. I'm guessing that the plants will take over the garden this year, oh well, good problem to have.

Good luck.

3 (RHIZCA) Cascade rhizome $4.50 $13.50
* Weight: 0.07 lbs each

3 (RHIZKG) Kent Golding rhizome $4.50 $13.50
* Weight: 0.09 lbs each

3 (RHIZMA) Magnum rhizome $4.50 $13.50
* Weight: 0.07 lbs each

Total Shipment Weight: 0.69 lbs Subtotal: $40.50
Shipping & Handling: $4.60
Total: $45.10

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