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Old 01-22-2008, 10:43 PM   #11
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I grew some with good success ;EKG, Chinook, and Fuggles, checking the soil pH is the key, don't over water them and plenty of sunlight with some general wide band fetilizer worked well here just to your north, here are some shots from this past summer and fall harvest:






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Old 01-23-2008, 12:08 AM   #12
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Historically, the first area to see large-scale commercial hops farming was upstate NY, in the Hudson River valley and west. Before that, settlers found hops growing wild and used them if hops imported from Europe were unavailable.

That is to say that yes, hops can grow in the Mid-Atlantic states quite well. As well as the Willamette valley? Nope. But pretty nicely nevertheless. I'm going to plant some this spring, I think.

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Old 01-23-2008, 01:13 PM   #13
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I'm thinking about starting some Sterling, Goldings, and one of the C-hops (probably Cascade or Centennial). I need some shade in the back yard anyway. Looks like I'm going to have to wait until late March to see what's available.
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Old 01-23-2008, 01:18 PM   #14
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Nice pictures...looks like I have to keep my eyes open and on the look out for some hops next time I drive through Bethlehem.
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Old 01-23-2008, 01:32 PM   #15
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I am in western PA, between Pittsburgh and Erie. No experience with hop growing here....yet! This year, I am definitely going for it. Have a great spot, fencing to grow on, etc. From what I have read, the hops should do fine around here. And probably in your part of PA, as well.
Dude, that's where I grew up. Mercer PA. Even knew a Stevenson come to think of it! Never grew hops there but a certain other cousin of hops has been known to thrive in the many acres of wilderness if given enough sun. Never needed a fence for those though...
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Old 01-23-2008, 04:37 PM   #16
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chillHayze, I am from West Middlesex, PA - a stone's throw from Mercer! I know just what cousin to which you refer....

refer....gotta watch which syllable you accent there...hehe


Although my name isn't stevenson....
Anyway, small world, eh?
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Old 01-24-2008, 06:12 PM   #17
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edinboro PA just south of erie. grew cascade, saaz, crystal and liberty for 4 years. the cascade and crystal are the only ones to produce anything.

had to move the cascade came with me ;-) new location and actual planned out growing area I hope to do better this year.

BTW they were all in 5-10 gallon pots the whole time on a patio. I'd only get about 2-3 ounces of cascade & crystal a year but they were good dryhoppers
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Small world indeed.

I don't suppose you like kayaking?
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Old 01-28-2008, 03:06 PM   #19
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The biggest concern with East coast hop gowing is too much humidty and water - sort of. Hops are prone to a number of diseases that need high humidity and/or plenty of rain to gain a foothold. It is my understanding that much of the Western hop farms are irrigated so the farmer has great control of the conditions that promote disease. We here are the East coast don't have that luxury.

When planting your hops you want a location that provides as much sunshine as possible and also has good air movement. After a rain, you want your plants to dry out as quickly as possible. Stagnant, humid air leads to disease. Another thing you can do is to trim up the bottom 3 ft of the plants, removing a bunch of extra leaves to promote good air movement around the base of the plant.

I had great plants this year, but with that hot dry spell we had in August, my hop cones went from mature to brown toast within a week when I didn't have time to do any harvesting
What plants did you grow?? Thanks Charlie
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I've got Cascade, Fuggle, Glacier, Liberty, Sterling and Tettnang. This past year was just rotten timing for my hops. It got very hot and dry for us right as the cones were maturing and I was very busy and couldn't harvest them. This was their second year. The first year I got a nice little harvest with no problems.


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