Hops Doing Well Despite Lack of SunshineBy
So far this growing season we are behind the norm on temperatures and sunshine. I can’t replace or
supplement the sunshine so I have been focusing on nutrients. I try to stay as organic as possible – my only intentional “non-organic” nutrient is a couple of Miracle-Gro foliar feedings (sprayed on the leaves rather than the soil). Foliar feeding gets the nutrient into the plant much faster than through the soil.
If you have read my posts from 2 – 3 years back, you know I did have a boron deficiency that almost killed my Magnum hops, 2 years in a row. There are different ways to treat or prevent this. Miracle-Gro has macro and micro nutrients including boron, iron, magnesium and zinc. There are some other foliar treatments that contain Boron. Plants require many micro-nutrients and it is best to them available for the entire season, not just when you notice the deficiency symptoms.
I top dress the soil with compost I make from leaves and grass. I have also been top dressing and foliar feeding with Azomite, kelp and fish emulsion. That pretty much covers any and every mineral required for health and growth be it macro-nutrient, micronutrient or required trace element. I also will treat the soil with compost tea and soil inoculants (beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizal mushroom mycelium).
Anyway, despite the less than optimum growing conditions so far this year, the supplementation seems to be working. Let me know how your hops are doing this year.