Hey guys. I've been following KeyWestBrewer's thread and also posted on there a few times. Since I'm basically across the state from you, I thought I'd share some pics and thoughts on the Cascades that I'm growing. I planted my two rhizomes in late March. They are on the south side of the house, and get sun starting around noon. Here's a photo of what they looked like at the end of April. The brown anole is guarding them from pest
I decided not to cut any bines and just let them grow. It's a good thing I did, because the best growing bine on one of my plants some how got a nick in it and died. Here's what the base of the bines look like now.
Here's what the top looks like.
Here's a couple of close-ups I took today. As you can see, I've got cones and and I'm still getting new burrs.
Here's what they look like from underneath.
The way I've been doing it is harvesting cones when they are ready. I'm estimating that I've harvested around 3-4 ounces wet so far. Not much, but it's something. I added 1 1/2 ounces wet to a 3 gallon brew I did last weekend. Here's a pic of a small bowl that I picked about a month ago.
My plan is to keep harvesting hops as long as the plants produce them. I also have a small garden that currently has tomatoes, lettuce, onions and green peppers. I've had one green pepper plant produce peppers year round for two years. I have banana trees that grow year round and produce bananas from time to time. I'm just wondering if hops will grow year round. This is my first year so I don't know if they'll keep growing in the winter or not. If we have a mild winter like last year maybe they will. Any way, I just wanted to share my story and let you know that you can grow hops in central Florida.