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sheets:
i read just about every forum relating to growing hops but couldnt find any advice on growing them in the desert. can someone please help me out or just tell me its impossible? i live in the las vegas area if anyone else knows the climate/soil characteristics

denny:
I don't know about impossible, but it's gonna be very difficult.  You might check out the gardening tips at freshops.com and see if you can get any ideas.

BrewArk:
I think you're gonna need some drip irrigation.  If you let 'em dry out, even for a day, they'll have big problems.  Mine seem to do fine when they have water, but my climate isn't quite as hot as yours.

sheets:

--- Quote from: denny on April 01, 2010, 06:29:11 PM ---I don't know about impossible, but it's gonna be very difficult.  You might check out the gardening tips at freshops.com and see if you can get any ideas.

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checked out the site, has alot of good info for gardening but doesnt mention anything about climate conditions but i decided im gonna go for it anyway. i have huge roman collumns in my back yard with a big overhang i just cant let go to waste. got myself a couple cascade and nugget rhizomes, wish me luck!

Thanks for the help, Slainte!

corkybstewart:
I grow Cascades and Nuggets in he New Mexico desert, they do great.  I use drip irrigation and water them twice per week.  The roots need to dry out, you don't want them soggy.  And the lack of humidity keeps a lot of problems like insects and mildew under control.  I have very alkaline crappy soil but that's easy to fix with some well composted steer manure, plus I add sand for better drainage.  Go for it

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