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Old 04-19-2010, 11:12 PM   #1
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I started growing hops down here in Tucson, AZ. Started with just 2 varieties Cascade and Magnum(although I bought a few others to give to my aunt and father-in-law). Both are doing very well, but the Magnum seems to have an early lead.

Checkout my blog for updates and pictures!

http://www.thesanch.com/bubbajuice/c.../growing-hops/

 
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:42 PM   #2
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summer will be the ultimate test. Just keep those roots cool, mulch on top of the dirt and plenty of water
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:12 PM   #3
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summer will be the ultimate test. Just keep those roots cool, mulch on top of the dirt and plenty of water
Thanks for the advice. Have you tried growing hops down in Sierra Vista? If so, how'd they do?

I have mine in planters so keeping the roots cool maybe an issue come the summer months.

I've heard from another Tucson brewer that is on his 2nd or 3rd year and has been having great luck growing 10 different varieties. So, I know it can be done down here.

 
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:28 PM   #4
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Wow! I'd like to stop by and check it out.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:40 PM   #5
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Definitely. Give me a call.

 
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:06 PM   #6
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Week 5 is over. Aphids are my first challenge. Anyone have any suggestions on how to keep these buggers off my hops?

Checkout a few pictures at my blog:
http://www.thesanch.com/bubbajuice/2...g-hops-week-5/

 
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:47 PM   #7
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ladybugs!...
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:53 PM   #8
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Wow. Consider me interested. I've thought about growing some, but the summers have discouraged me. Well, that and space...

 
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:02 PM   #9
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Apollo, I figured they're just plants after all, and plants to grow here if watered well enough despite the heat. At $4.50-$5 per rhizome (from freshops.com), I can't imagine why you wouldn't attempt it. I'm sure there's still plenty of time to get them in the ground. Give it a shot!

Also, if you're not a member of the Tucson Homebrew Club, you should def. check it out. Lots of fun, great brewers, great people. Checkout tucsonhomebrewclub.com for more info.

 
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:03 PM   #10
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ladybugs!...
We tried that one year... 1/2 of them died and the other 1/2 flew away.

 
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