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Old 06-08-2010, 01:16 AM   #1
Oct 2009
Lighthouse Point, Florida
Posts: 22

Below is a picture of my Cascade bine from today. They're first year in a container planted in late March. Saw lots of skepticism about the bines flowering in South Florida. Contrary to that I got an early crop and so far so good. Centennials are sending out burrs now.

I remember someone saying that an early crop will be extra bitter...or something. Is there any difference in flavor of early crops? Does heat effect this? It's been REALLY hot down here the past couple weeks (heat index over 100F daily).

Regarding harvesting, the literature I received with the rhizomes said to harvest when they become drier and "paper-like", but some of the first hops could almost be described this way already. I know they're not ready yet, but is there a typical amount of time from burr formation to harvest?

Anyway, just wanted to share my experiment with everyone.

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Old 06-08-2010, 01:31 AM   #2
Nov 2008
Tampa, FL
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very cool! my wife and I are building a new house early next year and I'd like to start growing my own hops once it's finished... it's good to see you're having some success in the FL heat! please give us updates down the road after you harvest and brew with your hops!

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Old 06-08-2010, 01:59 AM   #3
Jan 2008
East coast, Virginia
Posts: 205

My 3rd year cascades are looking the same. I split the main 20 ways this year, and the "mother" never missed a lick. A very healthy strain for sure !!

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