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Do you grow your own hops?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:59 pm
by yeastmeister
Do you grow your own hops?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:21 pm
by yeastmeister
I've had 7 different varieties planted since this past summer. All produced bines and some hops. I'm hoping to get much better production this coming summer. That will augment my 2009 brewing sessions. I'm set for 2008 already.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:05 am
by HogieWan
just planted some Goldings this spring. I got nice growth, but no cones. I have something eating a good bit of the leaves. I'll need to fix that for next year

PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:13 pm
by yeastmeister
Yep, I have something eating leaves on mine as well. Can't identify it, haven't seen anything upon inspection, but whatever it is is defininetly hungry.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:42 pm
by aleguy
I'm not growing hops because I don't have access to land to grow them on, but it sounds as though you two may have slugs. If the leaves are eaten more near the ground it is probably slugs or snails. try spreading diatomacious eart around the bases of the bines. Renew after heavy rains.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:01 pm
by yeastmeister
Thanks for the info...I hadn't heard of that use for DE before. A quick search of the internet confirms what you said.

The leaves get eaten mostly below the 5 foot mark on the bines. Does that seem a little high for slugs? The eating seems to start at about 5 feet, then slowly progresses downward. However, they don't limit themselves to that height, periodically, I get bare spots that are well up the bine. I'm not concerned about the lower leaves, I'd prune them off myself if they weren't already eaten.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 10:18 am
by BrokeDickBrew
crushed oyster shells at the base also will keep the slugs and snails off and you wont be using any chemicals

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:10 pm
by beouf
i had heard that it may be too hot in louisiana to grow hops, but it looks like ya'll are successful. i may need to look into this, but are certain hops okay to grow in our climate while others aren't, or do you think you should be able to grow any type of hops?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:29 pm
by triple-oh_six
beouf wrote:i had heard that it may be too hot in louisiana to grow hops, but it looks like ya'll are successful. i may need to look into this, but are certain hops okay to grow in our climate while others aren't, or do you think you should be able to grow any type of hops?

I planted 4 rhizomes last year but only one vine came up, and for a first-season plant it did phenomenol. I plan on trying another type across the yard from my second year vine.
Hops love light and the heat didn't seem to hurt either. My vine was at 6' when some of the northerners I chatted w/ had plants just breaking the surface.
I guess this is one of the few pros to having a 1.5 month winter.
Prost

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:57 pm
by aleguy
BrokeDickBrew wrote:crushed oyster shells at the base also will keep the slugs and snails off and you wont be using any chemicals
Diatomaceous Earth is not a chemical. it is a natural product every bit as earth friendly as oyster shell. Just make sure you don't get the stuff processed for swimming pool filters. it doesn't have all the wicked sharp edges that kill the snails.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:35 pm
by yeastmeister
WooHoo! My Nugget and Fuggles have broken ground! The others are pushing dirt around, but haven't broken through yet.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:45 am
by GuitarLord5000
My Cascades and Magnums have broken ground! Cant wait to see how well they do, seeing as how they're first year plantings. Gotta remember to take home some DE from work!

Cheers
Dave

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:55 am
by will
So I have 6 rhizomes going right now. 1st year. I planted them a little over a month ago. All have broken ground except Spalt Select, don't know what the deal with that one is. I'm close to giving up on it. Anyway Chinook is getting close to two feet but all the others got to about six to eight inches rapidly and then have barely grown at all over recent weeks. Is this normal? Is Chinook just doing especially well? They don't look sick but slight symptoms point to iron and molybendum defficencies. Homebrewer's Garden says the cure for this is "Liquid Seaweed" but when I ask fo it in nurseries here I get blank stares. Anyone know of another way to get these nutrients to them? Preferably organic.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:02 pm
by aleguy
Chastant's on Pinhook has liquid seaweed extract. it's a little pricey but a little goes a long way.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:10 am
by will
Thanks!