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Growing Hops

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by jhines18, Jun 20, 2013.

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  1. jhines18

    jhines18 Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2013 New Mexico

    Hi, I live in Albuquerque (hot, high mountain desert) and started growing hops this year (cascade, centennial, nugget and willamette). My plants seemed to take off at first and then they stagnated; i.e., tons of growth in the first month to about 2 ft. high and then they just stopped. Am I doing something wrong? Any advice about growing hops in the desert? Thanks, Jarrett
  2. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Crusader (718) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    Plant some Chinook...if they don't grow in the desert, nothing will. I'm at 4,000' and definitely desert. Throw some manure on them periodically, water well, plant on hills, and keep the spider mites at bay would be my advice.
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  3. jhines18

    jhines18 Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2013 New Mexico

  4. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Moderator (1,091) Aug 25, 2009 Oregon
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    I had my Chinook do that to me the first year. What I did was get a 5 gallon bucket, put 2 scoops of compost into it, top off with water, let sit 1 week in the sun covered loosely. Take a qt jar and plunge it into the liquid until full, dump on hop mound while watering regularly. This should hit it with lots of good nutrients quickly. Do this every couple weeks. If you dilute it and spray it on the plants it helps as well and keeps most bugs at bay too. Give it a try and see how it works, it is much like GreenKrusty suggested with the manure on the mound, but I find it releases nutrients much quicker and if you hit it after a few days without water it should go straight to the roots.
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  5. jhines18

    jhines18 Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2013 New Mexico

    Great suggestions. Thanks. Ill try it
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