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Old 12-21-2011, 06:55 PM   #1
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Can anyone recommend the best variety to grow in Iowa?? Avid gardener + avid beer drinking = hops grower

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Old 12-21-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:39 PM   #3
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I grow Cascade in northern Ontario - they are a nice hop for beer.

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I grow Cascade in northern Ontario - they are a nice hop for beer.

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yeah, I'd think they are the most useful.
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:37 PM   #5
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Where is the best place to buy your hops ryzomes? Also from my understanding there are male and female plants? how do you know what your are going to get when you order? im only looking at getting 2 and let them grow on my deck.
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All rhizomes should be from females, unless it says otehrwise. They usually aren't available till March.
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Typically you can pre-order these starting in January or February. I ordered my 3 rhizo's through Midwest supplies last year (Cascade, Williamette, Hallertauer). Most shops will only give you rhizo's from female plants that produce hops, so you shouldn't have to worry about getting a male (this is why you don't buy the seeds). My cascade and williamette both got to be 15-16' tall in their first year and produced 1/2-1 oz of dried hops. I'm expecting much more next year. The Hallertauer was planted a little too deep, so by the time I replanted, it sprouted but only got to be 6' tall. Hopefully it comes back this spring.

Cascades seem to do well for most people. Centennial is another good one (think Bells 2 Hearted). I'd choose one of those two. Try and get the other one for a different beer style so you have some variety (english, noble, or german).
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Default Where to Buy Hop Rhizomes

First off the variety of hops you grow should be the type for the styles of beers/ales you brew. If you like IPAs or bitter type beers you will need at least one bittering variety. Cascade is a solid aroma hop. Here is a list of online hop rhizome and hop plant vendors.
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Someday when i start growing my own hops, Citra would be at the top of the list and more than one.
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Good luck growing Citra. I have a couple Franklins with your name on out if you manage. They are there with Amarillo and... Gahhh. Brain fart... The other few proprietary crosses only grown by licensed patent holders. Getting ypur hands on those would require stealth and ninja skills through northwestern hop fields.


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