Hops June 3rd 2012 UpdateBy
The hops are already starting to produce hop burrs. This is the earliest that has happened in the last 4 years of growing hops. Mild winter and early spring have advanced their progress this year. The first couple of years, the Cascade hops were the biggest, bulkiest hop bines. The last 2 years, the Nugget hops have become the biggest hop bines – at least earlier in the season.
Here is something to watch out for – hop bine intermingling. It is a real pain trying to separate different varieties of hop cones when the laterals have intermingled. That is why you keep a minimum of 5 feet between dissimilar hop varieties (doesn’t matter if they intermingle if they are the same variety). See the Cascade hops on the right and the Magnum hops on the left have wrapped around each other at the tops. I took a pole to separate them – I will have to keep an eye on these bines and stay on top of keeping them separated.
Here is a video I stumbled upon about growing hops. It’s pretty basic but gives you an idea on how to grow your own.