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Old 12-09-2011, 09:15 PM   #1
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Calling all Southern California growers!

I'm looking for advice/help in growing hops in this dry and hot region of the USA. The soil around my house is pretty dried out and dead, the grass barely grows on it! So I'm looking into possibly growing in planters, I've read a couple articles on that. What have been your experiences with this?

Also, what kind of insects do these plants attract? I Have heard the cones referred to as "flowers", are they technically a flower and do they attract them damn flying bugs (primarily bees)???
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:27 AM   #2
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Hop season is over now....I would use some good old fashioned backbreaking labor and amend the soil. Hops need good rich soil...the soil should be able to hold moisture. A timed drip system would be the easy way to go...But you could simply water themn with a hose...but don't overhead water the shoots. Keep em dry.

Till yourself a nice trench at least 6 inches deep and and spread the rhizomes across. Mix in some EB Stone Sure Start fertilizer with some well aged compost...that ought to get the Rhizomes going.

Most people I know had the greatest success with cascades for the first year. During the winter dig your hop trench and add some slightly aged manure. High phosphorous guano is also good addition.

Aphids might be a problem but you can just spray them off with the water...although getting the leaves wet can cause fungus/rust/rot problems. Don't worry so much about pests.

It's likely you'll do fine even if the leaves get eaten a little bit...Growing fresh organic hops will allow you to make an exceptional wet hopped seasonal beer. Good luck.

You could even grow a cover crop to till in. Hops like heat...but the soil should have good moisture retention. In-Socal you'll probably get a great crop.
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:33 AM   #3
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let me know what you do, i live in upland and im in the same boat
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:36 PM   #4
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I was thinking about building an awning of some sort, to provide shade and a solid foundation for the vines to grow on, instead of twine or rope. I don't have a lot of soil area though so I was thinking of keeping them in pots.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:53 PM   #5
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let me know what you do, i live in upland and im in the same boat
I've done a lot of digging at my parents house off of 9th and campus and the soil seems very rich great for growing hops. I just moved to fontucky and that soil is full of rocks! I'm still gonna try to grow hops though, probably gonna use pots.
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:48 PM   #6
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I've done a lot of digging at my parents house off of 9th and campus and the soil seems very rich great for growing hops. I just moved to fontucky and that soil is full of rocks! I'm still gonna try to grow hops though, probably gonna use pots.
Really? Im off 9campus and campus and itseams as though there are a ton of rocka here
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:28 PM   #7
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Over off of 9 th street and 10th Ave its pretty easy digging few rock but very sandy like it use to be a wash. Campus has probably flooded pretty good in its past.
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Seriously like a block away. Im on 9th ave and washington
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:18 PM   #9
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This whole area is full of rocks, I'm in alta loma, and all I do is dig up rocks!
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This whole area is full of rocks, I'm in alta loma, and all I do is dig up rocks!
i was starting to think i was the only one... river rock all over!
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