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View Poll Results: Are you expanding?
Yes - Putting in as much as my property can handle 10 21.28%
Yes - adding just a few 21 44.68%
No - I'm good where I'm at 11 23.40%
No - SWMBO has put her foot down 2 4.26%
I'm tearing the damn things out! 1 2.13%
what are HOPS? 2 4.26%
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:53 PM   #1
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for those of you who attempted growing hops for the first time this last season I have some questions:

What did you grow last year?

If you are expanding, how many are you putting in?

What types?

Are you setting up a trading co-op?

Does your spouse hate you yet?

I'm adding a total of 14 plants 5 - Cascade, 5 - Nugget, 2 - Kent Goldigs, & 2 - Fuggles.

I've got a friend that is growing several different types than I am, between the two of us we should be good to go.
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:29 PM   #2
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Grew 2 each Nugget, Centennial and Cascade. Not looking to plant more but working on a better growing situation. I can't grow up much more than 6-9 feet (power lines) so I went up 6' and horizontally 15'. The nugget did well but the other two not so much. Mulling over some options this winter to make for better growing conditions.

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Old 11-30-2008, 05:32 PM   #3
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I chose as much as the property can hold...but it's more like all that SWMBO will allow.
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:42 PM   #4
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I've got well established Nugget, Cascade, Centennial and Mt. Hood. Last year was the first year for Magnum and Willamette. One Magnum survived - only about 1.5 ounces total - but the most beautiful flowers - looked like little green pine cones. The Willamettes did not do well, but they get another chance next year before I pull them out.

Other brewers in my local club have several other varieties - I can trade for the varieties I don't grow. I really enjoy using my homegrown hops and the savings go to buy grain and equipment.

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Old 11-30-2008, 06:07 PM   #5
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I didn't vote since I 2009 will be first season growing hops. But I figured I'd mention that I'll be trying out 3 different hops: Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook. I was planning on 4 (2 Cascade) but my plan for horizontal growth (clothesline like structure) just wouldn't allow enough plants. Having a heavily wooded lot is making placement for hops difficult

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Old 11-30-2008, 06:14 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by BigKahuna View Post
I chose as much as the property can hold...but it's more like all that SWMBO will allow.
I'm in the same boat here. Although I planted Cascade, Golding and Willamette. The Golding failed, rhizome rotted out and no bines.

Have a lot of contacts that have some, I was given over 5 lbs of Chinook, Perle and Cascade from a local person. Look at what McBrew had and that is about as much as I had.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:01 PM   #7
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I grew 1 nugget, 2 Northern Brewer, 2 Fuggle, and 2 Sunbeam Goldings.
Only yielded cones from the nugget and northern brewer(2oz total)

I plan on adding about 2-4 more this year, probably cascades. I will be growing them 100% Organic as well.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:06 PM   #8
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Out of my three first year varieties, only the fuggles survived. I'm limited in space and growing in pots. Next year I'm going to take a stab at cascades again, and maybe something like Warrior or Amarillo.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:13 PM   #9
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I've posted pictures of my cascade yield, and the hallertauer did well but are a lower yielding variety.

I think I'm all set, but I would like to plant nugget or another variety for bittering. I don't really have a suitable place, though.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:20 PM   #10
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ve one each of
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plans next yr are for transplanting the first three and expanding to other locations with the cascade and crystal
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