ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI & SOUTH CAROLINA
Hello -You asked for feedback. I ordered sunbeam, fuggle, and cascade. Cascade never did well - a weak puny plant that finally died. Fuggle did mediocre. It grew some but slowly and parts of the plant don't look healthy. I will see if it survives the mild winter and see how it does next year.
Sunbeam has done great. Vigorous vines, plant looks strong and healthy. I included a few pictures of sunbeam.
***Update from Monica: Sunbeam has done really well. Fuggle is still alive and may do better next year. It is only cascade that died. 2 out of 3 is not bad especially since sunbeam is growing so beautifully.
I spoke with someone on the phone about a week ago about when to harvest my hops from the rhizomes I got from you. i thought you might like to see the plants from north west Florida just north of Pensacola.
at this time the Cascade is the most prolific the crystal is doing great. the other three are only about a foot up. maybe they will do better next year.
South of Atlanta
Hello, Rolfe and Janet,
Just wanted to let you know that the replacement plants you sent me are doing fine. Here in the Deep South, the vines have been growing up some sticks I stuck in the ground faster than I could control them, so I needed supports pretty fast.
So, a week ago I finished my fishnet trellis and got them entwined on it. It took me a while to decide what I was going to do. I came up with the idea of creating a fishnet from some rough string I'd had for years. I strung twenty feet of rope across my living room and started cutting the string. Sixty 16-foot units of four strings per unit gave me an 8-foot eight-ply looped unit to cross-tie. The result is a twenty-foot fishnet five feet high, hanging from 12-foot poles that came from the top-rail of a chainlink fence I took down. It is actually hanging about 9 feet up, above the existing fence.
It took me 24 hours to create my fishnet, a couple of hours to hang it, and another six hours to dis-entwine the vines from themselves and work them through the fishnet. The west side of my house is 20 feet front to back, and that's the side that needs to be shaded. Since the vines are rough, they cling nicely to the string. It was the dis-entwining that took so long. I tried to be careful not to crimp the vines.
Some of the vines are much longer than the net is high, so I worked them side to side. They are really just hanging by the leaves so I can redirect them up when I get the next tier done.
I'm getting ready to create the second tier, which will be tied on at the 12-foot height. I bent the poles about three feet from the top so they'd be angled toward the house. That was not easy; I had to prop the pipe on a concrete block and drive onto it to get the bend.
At this point, everything I used was materials I already had on hand, except for electrical clamps I bought for 75 cents each to clamp onto the pipes to keep the rope from sliding down. I'm looking for appropriate string (cotton or hemp-type) for my second tier, which I will need to buy. Sixty units of four 16-foot strings will give me what I need, 3,840 feet, or 1,280 yards.
Anyway, I thought you'd like to know how I created a fishnet trellis for my hop vines. Oh, one more thing. It looks like I have some hops on my vines. They look so sweet. Don't yet know what to do with them. Who knows? Maybe I'll make some beer! Best to you - Ginger
***Update from Ginger: My hop-growing days did not last very long. They seemed to do quite well in the first season, but they didn't come back after that. A little the second season but none after that. I planted a paulonia tree on the west side of my house, and it is doing a good job of shading that side of the house. Working on growing Confederate Jasmine up the trellis I made.
My first year (2014) 2 Willamette rhizomes were planted in half 55 gallon drums with no bottoms. South facing embankment. Although there were hops none were harvested. I foresee them doing a lot better in 2nd year. On the other hand the three cascade that I purchased from y'all in maybe 09 yielded nearly 3 pounds of dried. Every year I split and share the cascades. There are several members of SouthAtlantaHomebrewers that are also getting enough to make batches of beer with. They seem to do well when planted in some sort of raised bed. There is a caterpillar that likes to chew on them. It has mega spikes on it. If I find a pik I will send it. I normally put on a leather glove an just squash them. One other pest is the globular bug(aka miniature stink bug or kudzu bug). From my understanding it came into Ga or N.C on a flight from Asia. I now have to harvest hops before they invade the cones( around mid late august). If not you'll end up with hops with hundreds of those stinking buggers in them.
On to the beer, I make ten gallons of 'fresh hop' every harvest. It's the same base American Pale Ale recipe. It is usually well received although the signature citrusy is so much more less evident. They seem to taste more 'earthy' like a UK grown hop. I really appreciate your company, everything I've ever received from there has done well.
Sorry I have rambled...Brian
2011 is my first year for growing hops. I am located near Louisville KY which is at the 38th parallel. I planted five types of hops, Northern Brewer, Hallertauer,Centennial, Zeus and Mount Hood. The weather has been colder and wetter than normal and this has slowed the hops growth. We had record breaking floods and my hoop patch became a river for 3 days. This dented the growth who knows what was in all that run off. I thought about moving the plants but I have lived here 20 years and this has never happened before and it was the worst flood in 100 years. Once the plants grow more I will mound up around them to improve drainage .
The weather finally broke around May 8th and the hoops took off. All are over 2 feet tall except the centennial which is growing bushyer. I have put stakes up for now and the vines are growing up. I will keep a close look for pest also I marked the plants and made a map of the hop type and there location. I have had problems with tags fading and getting blown away so I store the maps on my computer and a hard copy in a folder. Thanks - Lee
(12/2014) Rolfe, my hops did not make it. I live right on the state line between Mississippi and TN in Olive Branch MS. I thought I would give them a shot but didn't hold out much hope. It is just too hot and his here. So you can put that on your interactive map. Love your website and will buy from you again, just not hops. Thanks, Sukie
I found a note in the packaging of my hop rhizomes asking for feedback on how the hops were doing in my area. I live in very southern Mississippi. Of the 100 rhizomes I ordered, I probably have 98% survival rate. This is amazing considering my experience with other vendors. Prior to the purchase from you, I only had a survival rate of around 30%. Obviously, the survival rate of your hops has created problems....I have had to increase the area along with additional lines, etc. A great problem to have. I have tried several other varieties in the past but it seems that cascade is all that will grow in my area. The ones that I purchased from you are currently over 6 foot tall and have some beginning cones. I think next year, I will try some different varieties due to the success that I have had your product this year.
Thanks for great service and a great product. -Tom