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Old 06-21-2012, 04:04 AM   #141
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I didn't worry too much about critters, I think the ducks were messing with some of the small sprouts once but once they start growing they will be several feet in a week or two and big enough to hold their own


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Old 06-22-2012, 03:59 PM   #142
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Sri Lanka Weevils have attacked my hops! $&@/:;!!

Ok just two leaves chewed on yesterday but it seems like it ate a lot for one day. I am trying dish soap spray to keep him away. Any thoughts?


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Old 06-22-2012, 05:53 PM   #143
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Since Hops is a close relative to Marijuana has anyone tried growing indoors with Hydro Gear in Florida? Can you run them through the attic with grow lights?
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:33 PM   #144
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Since Hops is a close relative to Marijuana has anyone tried growing indoors with Hydro Gear in Florida? Can you run them through the attic with grow lights?
If you have the space I guess in theory it's possible. I don't think you could build an adjustable ballast tall enough indoors. Plus the speed they grow, the bottoms of the bines wouldn't get enough light as the top gets taller.
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:14 PM   #145
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I am very happy I found this thread! I am fairly new to brewing but am a life long landscaper. I live in southwest Florida and badly wanted to try growing my own hops. In April I bought two nugget hop rhizomes, I chose nugget because they are supposed to be disease resistant in comparison to others. One of the problems I was worried about is that most of the places you can buy hop rhizomes from are cutting them in the spring which is the wrong time of year to plant something like that in Florida due to the heat. What I decided to do to deal with this problem is plant in pots on the east side of the house so that they would only get morning sun. I know hops are supposed to be planted in full sun but I felt the afternoon sun here is just too much. I used top soil mixed with compost to plant the rhizomes in and also mounded it at the top before planting. Once a month I have been applying a liquid fertilizer called fertiactyl gz pro which is packed with micro nutrients to promote healthy root growth. A Freind of mine gave me this stuff( I guess it is what the local tomato farms are using). My only expectation was to hopefully transplant these into the ground in the fall once the whether was better for growing hops. I used bamboo and twine to build a trulles which is working nicely. Well they have gone crazy and just this past week started producing buds all over them. Now this presents me with a problem I did not anticipate having to deal with this soon, I have no idea how to brew with whole hops. I have only used pellet hops. Sorry for the long winded post( got excited ).

By the way there is an old fashion way to control snails I think you all will like. Take a bowl and fill it with any kind of beer, put it out by your hops and all the snails will happily crawl in, get drunk and die!
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:45 AM   #146
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Ive read that you use 5x the weight if they are still wet.... Other than that I assume you would use the same amount of dried whole leaf cones, in weight of course, as you would pellets. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:36 PM   #147
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I only had enough to brew one batch last year. I dryed them between a window screen by leaving them on my kitchen for three days or so. Then used the dry weight for my numbers and guess the alpha.

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I used nuggets and got almost no yield so if you have more success with them please let us know!
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:10 PM   #148
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These are pictures of my nugget hop vines-planted rhizomes almost 2 months ago. Sorry about the quality of the pics it was raining when I took them.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:32 PM   #149
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These are pictures of my nugget hop vines-planted rhizomes almost 2 months ago. Sorry about the quality of the pics it was raining when I took them.
I see ya got some of your hurricane shutters installed.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:55 PM   #150
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How much cone development do you have? My bines grew well but I think I only had a small handful of cones after it was ask said and done. The first year of cascades were a different story though, two large bowls full


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