Growing Hops

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby PhatFil » Tue Jun 28, 2016 14:28

HTH1975 wrote:I'd love to try growing hops, but they seem expensive to buy.


http://www.willingham-nurseries.co.uk/hop.html
wrong time of the year to buy rhizomes iirc they come available @the end of winter for a late winter/early spring planting circa £7 a plant iirc
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby jkp » Mon Aug 01, 2016 19:04

Last weekend I harvested a few of my hops. The First Gold was ready, BramlingX and some of the Chinook too, but Cascade is still not ready.

So far Chinook looks like being the best, lots of big flowers and they smell great.

I used a small fan to dry them. It took two days to dry out completely. Is that ok, or too long a time?

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby big_al » Tue Aug 02, 2016 14:29

I have just recieved some cuttings of Fuggles and Challenger, going to root them and grow in greenhouse or house over winter anyone see a problem with it please?

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby PhatFil » Tue Aug 02, 2016 17:06

worth a try, its a bit late to take cutting atm afaik but if you can fool the plants with indoor heat and longer light periods they should grow ok and establish themselves for next year planting..
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby big_al » Tue Aug 02, 2016 21:29

thats the plan fil

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby jkp » Wed Aug 03, 2016 01:51

Is it a cutting or a rhyzome?

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby big_al » Wed Aug 03, 2016 08:41

they are cuttings

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Bad 'Ed » Wed Aug 03, 2016 21:26

Anyone know what this is about? The leaves at the top are a good dark green but the ones towards the bottom are pale green to yellow to brown.
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It was really wet for a while so I'm thinking it got washed out, but now it's been sunnier the newer stuff is doing fine? I'm a bit new to gardening...

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby PhatFil » Thu Aug 04, 2016 13:36

older leafs just dying perhaps.. i noticed the same thing with my EKG vine the other day also.. just the oldest bottom leafs tho..
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby cyclops » Thu Aug 04, 2016 14:50

I have a really bad infestation of aphids, tried spraying them and still can't kill the bloody things

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby big_al » Thu Aug 04, 2016 16:01

water and washing up liquid spray

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Brewedout » Tue Aug 09, 2016 21:11

PhatFil wrote:older leafs just dying perhaps.. i noticed the same thing with my EKG vine the other day also.. just the oldest bottom leafs tho..

I have the same with my first gold. Suspect it has something to do with the exceptional amount of rain in the last few months. At posts there were several inches of water sitting nearby.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Jeltz » Tue Aug 09, 2016 21:19

I've had my first gold 3 years, the 1st 2 years in a big pot but I planted them out last year. This is the 1st time they have flowered, much to the annoyance of my wife as I said that if they didn't produce a crop this year they were going!

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Pakman » Wed Aug 10, 2016 19:49

My Cascade plants are doing well this year, up to the guttering so I can watch them outside my office window as I work :thumb:

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Jeltz » Mon Aug 22, 2016 17:53

The first harvest I've ever had from these hops, Prima Donna/First Gold looks like it will be enough for at least one beer. No flavour or aroma with them yet, other than fresh grass but hopefully that will develop over the next week or so.Image

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby naturals » Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:40

Cascade or Challenger - either way doing very well in my parents' garden (South of England - loads of sunlight). Any idea when they're ready to harvest? I seem to remember it being when the flower edges just started to brown.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby AltonAnt » Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:41

The cones should not feel like live plants with too much moisture so should have started to dry out and become papery.
They will also start to smell like hops which they don't when not ready. The period between too early and too late is quite short so you have to keep checking.
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby big_al » Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:51

Well done Naturals, what do you have that climbing up?

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby naturals » Wed Aug 24, 2016 22:46

I built a wee structure; two bamboo posts about 15ft high with hop twine between them, then lines down to the ground beneath. Worked pretty well but looking a bit overloaded right now - I'll definitely be strengthening it before next year.
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby AltonAnt » Thu Aug 25, 2016 08:41

With the recent rain mine are still growing larger.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby AltonAnt » Tue Aug 30, 2016 08:14

....and larger. They're obviously enjoying this weather.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Bad 'Ed » Tue Aug 30, 2016 18:51

Mine are almost the same...
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby AltonAnt » Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:32

Bad 'Ed wrote:Mine are almost the same...


You just have really, really big hands :D
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby DrD » Fri Sep 02, 2016 09:21

Harvested my 1st year, primma donna first gold yesterday. I'm impressed with the size of the crop, considering it's a first year plant and I grew them up a 6ft fence.

I may have been better off picking the ripe flowers and giving some of the less ripe more time on the bine, but I needed to get it done as I am off next week and if I left them any longer I'd have lost a good percentage.

Got about 1/3rd of a big Ikea bag.
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Just need to think about how I am going to store them once dry... I was going to freezer them but there are about 5x more than I was expecting and I don't have the space. I'll make a big dent with a hoppy brew this weekend then maybe get a vac packer for the rest.
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Bad 'Ed » Thu Sep 08, 2016 18:43

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Mine has gone a bit manky. 60% of the leaves have this dirty tinge and are covered in house flies. Think I'll give the (meager) harvest a miss this year.

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