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Old 10-10-2008, 05:01 AM   #1
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I tried to grow hops this year but I think the climate here in southern California is just to intense hot. I planted and as soon as the first leaf came out we had a hot spell and it just withered. I watered but no joy. All the work of getting the soil ready did not help.

Does anyone else live in my area and grow hops? Maybe it's just the wrong technique?
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:05 AM   #2
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Too hot here also. Next year I will be living in Colorado, so that's how I'm solving the problem.

I would suggest not allowing them to get too much direct afternoon sun. Mine were cooked in the heat of the day, and being up against a wall, it was like them being on a baking sheet.
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:52 AM   #3
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i grew Cascade and Mt Hood 1st year in socal and they grew fine. You deffinitly have to water them every day or so of theres problems.....how did you have then growing? potted etc? and when did you plant?

plus i just mapquested you and your less than an hour away from me....
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Old 10-10-2008, 06:44 AM   #4
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I grew mine this year for the first time. They will grow. I couldn't begin to tell you why yours didn't, though.

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Old 10-10-2008, 07:52 AM   #5
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Both you guys "Scinerd3000" and "Brewsmith" have no problem because you are near the coast and I am way inland in the valleys. My temperatures are 10 to 20 degrees hotter than yours for days at a time. I see no way to get by that problem.
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Old 10-10-2008, 02:22 PM   #6
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Considering Yakima in Washington routinely gets 100-110F in the summer, I think it's mainly a matter of getting the roots started before it gets too hot. You might consider shading the new plants mid-day until they are 3-4' tall.
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Old 10-10-2008, 04:26 PM   #7
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Considering Yakima in Washington routinely gets 100-110F in the summer, I think it's mainly a matter of getting the roots started before it gets too hot. You might consider shading the new plants mid-day until they are 3-4' tall.
I agree with this. Just the fact it was such a young plant could be the reason why.

 
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:11 PM   #8
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Ok then maybe I will give it another shot next year when roots are available.
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Old 10-10-2008, 06:14 PM   #9
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I have 4 that survived here in PHX. Covered them in shade cloth and watered for 15 minutes every day. I'll post pics later. These were cascade BTW.
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Old 10-10-2008, 09:00 PM   #10
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I have 4 that survived here in PHX. Covered them in shade cloth and watered for 15 minutes every day. I'll post pics later. These were cascade BTW.
I'm really interested in this.. i've been pondering how I might grow my own here in NV.

 
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