Hop Bine Update June 26By
Still ahead of schedule with small hop cones on the Magnum hops and hop burrs on the Cascades. The Nugget bines are fuller with quite a bit more foliage but no burrs yet. The Nugget hops have traditionally trailed the other 2 varieties by at least 2 weeks so all is normal there.
We have had a lot of rain lately (not so much sun), but the hops are doing fine. We have had record rainfalls and I worry the soil will be leached of nutrients again (potential deficiencies again). I have a batch of compost about ready to top dress the soil again. All the rain washed most of the previous top dressed compost away.
I always get concerned about Downey mildew when it is wet for extended periods of time due to the rain and/or humidity. The 27th, it is supposed to be tropical here at 95 degrees and high humidity (heat index of 104). I have had issues with my tomatoes and cucumbers coming down with downey mildew – usually after most of the harvest so it isn’t as traumatic as losing a season of vegetables. Not sure what else I could rotate in to try and “fix” the soil of mildew. I do have a copper fungicide if it comes down to it.
I shot a video and will have it here in a day or two. I am new to making videos and will probably host it on Youtube. Give me a couple of days to do it right. Once I figure it out, I will be doing more videos and starting next year I can show all stages of growth from sprout to harvest. Maybe even get fancy with the editing and splice together and entire season in a fast moving video. I can show soil preparation, rhizome cutting, harvesting and other details. I’ll be back soon with the hop bine update video.