I'm in San Antonio. Wondering if hop growing would work, or if it's just a waste of time. It sounds like 2007 was great in Central TX, but it seemed to be an above average summer for rain. 2008 was way below average. I'm wondering what hopswould do in average S TX conditions, or if it would all be a frustrating experience. Any thoughts?Those of us in central Texas are under a serious drought, but I was curious if anyone was actually successful in their hop growing this season?
Also, what do you plan on doing differently next year? Full sun or just early to mid-day sun? etc....
I wouldn't worry about it being too late. Just don't expect any production this year.Just ordered my first set of cascade roots to plant in louisiana. Wondering if it may be a bit late in the season for this? Should be in the ground by next week. Another thing, can I train the bines horizontal after the first 5 ft in order to keep it like a hedge? Any help is appreciated.
Don't! If you can keep up with the watering they will be OK. Do you have some bark mulch to cover the roots? This helps lock in some of the moisture. I strong believe once the root base is established watering is less of an issue unless its excessively hot or dry for a very long time. I also water a little more during the cone formation. They will need more water at this time. I barely watered mine last year. This is year no. 4 for mine.I wouldn't worry about it being too late. Just don't expect any production this year.
Many people train their hops horizontally.
I'm definitely no expert, but I've read hops like to be planted in well drained areas and down here in the south I'd watch out how much summer sun they get. I was thinking about moving mine to the morning sun side of the house where they would get shade in the late afternoon heat.
This trellis is really quite simple to build, and inexpensive too. I picked up all the necessary supplies, including lashing rope and climbing twine, at Lowes today for about $35. I was able to assemble it myself, and will post a couple of pics tomorrow.Not bad for an 8'x8' foot of space.
everything looks great I just built a trellis 18' tall with guy wires to hold 140 plants of course I do plan to sell some but I have to say from my understanding hops need a min of 15 hours of day light to bloom and I am at 14.8 they bloom well here in IL but will they grow in texas? I think your to far south I had a crazy Idea to grow hops in northern mexico on my friends farm but he only gets 10 hours of light a day in peak summer the farther north the more hours of light you getReally big ones.
Looks great, Ed!
Radtek, I'm wondering if you're still thinking of growing this season. I'm just outside of 410 on the northwest side and debating whether to construct something with full southern exposure in the backyard or doing a trellis up the east north east side of the house. With this past summer's heat the locals should have a good idea whether hops are San Antonio realistic or not.I was skeptical at first about growing in SA but I saw some fresh cones at the Todd's LHBS last fall that someone had brought in.
I believe there's a perfect spot in my backyard that gets full sun all-day-long. Only thing that worries me is the trend towards 100F temps and zero rain. It was hot hot hot last summer and even worse this year. I think we've crested 100F nearly everyday since mid-May.
With zero experience I'm thinking watering is the key around here. It'll be impossible to over-water them in this heat.
So when the rhizomes become available again next year it'll be Cascade and Chinook probably.
There will be questions...