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Old 02-19-2008, 09:55 PM   #11
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Die-back to the root is normal for hops. This time of year, a hop farm looks like bare dirt with poles.

Looks like niquejim will be able to answer both the how much cold AND the how far south questions.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:13 PM   #12
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Who knows? But there must be some reason hops are seldom grown in warmer climates.
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Old 02-20-2008, 03:04 PM   #13
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Who knows? But there must be some reason hops are seldom grown in warmer climates.
Two reasons. First they like a dose of cold in the winter and second, and most importantly, they are a long day plant and therefore need to have short nights in order to induce flower formation. The further South one goes, the longer the summer nights are. Go far enough South and the nights are too long to get much cone formation.
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Old 02-20-2008, 09:33 PM   #14
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Hell of a good answer. So artificial lighting (ouch!) might be an option?
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