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Old 06-21-2012, 08:12 PM   #41
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Hey guys I'm thinking about growing hops, is it too late in the season?
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:53 AM   #42
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It's not too late in the season. We have a lot of guys that are still planting.

 
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:03 PM   #43
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Hey guys I'm thinking about growing hops, is it too late in the season?
It's really never too late to plant.

You're in the Central Valley, right? If you don't expect hard freezes, then I suppose you could even plant in the middle of the winter. The rhizome would just lie dormant until the spring.

If you take the rhizome from a cool refrigerator to a frozen ground, I can see it having issues with cold damage because it hasn't had time to "harden". This is the process that plants use to pump cryoprotectants into their tissues in anticipation of winter. This is the only issue with the timing of rhizome planting that I'm aware of.

 
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:31 PM   #44
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It's really never too late to plant.

You're in the Central Valley, right? If you don't expect hard freezes, then I suppose you could even plant in the middle of the winter. The rhizome would just lie dormant until the spring.

If you take the rhizome from a cool refrigerator to a frozen ground, I can see it having issues with cold damage because it hasn't had time to "harden". This is the process that plants use to pump cryoprotectants into their tissues in anticipation of winter. This is the only issue with the timing of rhizome planting that I'm aware of.
Awesome thanks, and yes I'm in the central valley and I've seen ice come here like.. 4 times in about 20 years or so lol now I just need to learn about what hops to grow lol
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:57 PM   #45
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Any one know of any commercial hop operations in CA? We are a winery/vineyard in the Central coast of CA and are thinking of putting in about 10 acres of hops for some of the local micro brew guys around here. I'm trying to learn what I can from google, but it would be really helpful to see an operation with my own eyes. can anyone point me in a good direction?

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Old 06-29-2012, 07:10 PM   #46
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The only commercial hop farm I know of in CA is Hop-Meister. They are extremely nice people, and in a totally different local market, so I bet they'd be happy to help.

Good luck! You're living the dream!

 
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:12 AM   #47
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i got three crowns from great lakes hops back in april and i am collecting cones now! they run a great farm, which you can see on their facebook page, and they have great prices.

if i were considering whether to begin now or next season, i'd certainly start now and let those crowns get going so you can anticipate a stronger plant and a larger harvest next year.

 
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:55 PM   #48
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Is it normal to start having bronzing in the leaves as it nears harvest time? Or are my bines just giving me a sign that they want some nutes? Its not spider mites or any pest problem.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:22 PM   #49
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When is to late to plant, I'm in southern CA and is still 100+?

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:31 PM   #50
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Check out 'Aquaponics' I have a setup in my basement now, next to my fermentation setups.

Using aquaponics to grow indoors would be tough, but you could do it outdoors.

My youtube name is "Twizzlerx25" check out my aquaponics videos. If you're a homebrewer or a DIY kinda person, you could easily get into it. It's 'Green' and 'Sustainable'. Check it out.

If anyone wants to throw me some seeds/rhizomes i'll make room in my setup and modify it so that I can grow hops, and i'll document it as well and post it to this forum.

I have flourescent lights as well as HPS lights for fruiting plants.

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