May 19th All 3 Hop Bines Have Topped Out

    Nugget, Magnum and Cascade hop bines all reached the toip of their ropes.

    All 3 Hop Bines Topped Out

    Due to lack of sunshine, my original prediction of May 15th as the day the hops would top out was actually May 19th. The Nugget hops topped out (13 ft) by the 15th, the Magnum (15 ft) and Cascade bines (13ft) came later. It has been colder than average (AGAIN), sure could use some of that global warming they keep blabbing about. Just hoping for a “normal” or a warmer than normal summer for a change (it has been many years).

    Last night I painted the boards that form the peak that you see. As usual, I had to knock down a wasp honeycomb and wasps that was the start of a bee hive. I did it up on the ladder with the paint scraper, my head about 2 feet away. Maybe not the smartest thing to do, but I knock these down probably a dozen times a year before they become full fledged hives. They complicate harvesting when you have the thought you could be stung at any time.

    The hops all look healthy. I have supplemented the soil with a top dressing of compost I make, Azomite (mineral supplement), fish emulsion/kelp fertilizer and 2 foliar feedings of Miracle Gro. They should be good for the rest of the growing season unless we get some massive rainfalls that leach out the soil nutrients (so far we are below normal rainfalls). I have watered the hops 3 times so far this year – they are well established and don’t require the almost daily watering when you first plant them.

    Categories : 7th Year Hops


    1. Bevel,
      Thanks. No shortage of brain dead zombies parroting what they are programmed. Hitler had his brown shirts, today’s socialists have eco nazis.

      Back to the happy place – hops.
      1. Depends on variety, I have heard of 25 – 30+ feet tall hops.
      2. 23 feet is probably fine for hop production
      3. Probably variety dependent but commercial growers grow them 18 – 20 feet tall so I would assume that is the sweet spot.
      4. Not sure. I think it is more of a growing period or change of season that sets off hop cone production.

      There may be more correct answers on a agricultural university site, but I would put more stock in a hops farmer that has made a living growing hops for decades.

    2. Bevel says:

      Hi Tony,

      Excellent response! These climate mongers continue to hide their real agenda behind the “science” of “climate change”. And when their theory doesn’t come to fruition, they simply change the words and spout excuses, insisting that it’s all “settled science”. Unable to admit they might be wrong, they press on to achieve their underlying agenda of imposing their ideology on the rest of society. They march on with the same tired mantra they learned in school that the only thing wrong with the world is that it contains resource-consuming humans, corporate agriculture, and gaseous cows. They declare that opposition to their version of truth will lead to the destruction of the environment. Call me one of their ignorant skeptics of that viewpoint.

      Here in Colorado, the coveys of enviro-whackos bask in the sunshine, enjoy the outdoors, smoke their weed, and complain about all the people out there who don’t ride mountain bikes, drive electric cars, and compost their garbage. If you use plastic grocery bags, fertilize your lawn, have a second refrigerator, and don’t drive a Subaru, you just don’t care about the environment! Not to mention all those evil people using K-Cups, bottled water, and Styrofoam plates.

      But back to the more enjoyable discussion of Growing Hops!

      My hops are at the 20′ level and will top out in another 3′. I have about 15′ of conduit and eyebolts attached to the 2nd floor roof eave with vertical sisal and polypropylene lines every 6″.

      Every year, when the hops tops out, I wonder a few things:

      1) If they could climb even higher, how hig would they grow?
      2) Is letting they get 23′ high a good thing, or does it just delay development of the hop cones? It seems like the majority of cones are in the top 4′.
      3) What is the optimum height for hops to assure the maximum yield?
      4) If you have them grow curved over a 10′ arbor, will they produce hop cones sooner?

      Lastly, I’ve been following your hops updates each year and use it as a guide to measure how mine are doing and also to determine when to harvest. I appreciate you taking the time to maintain this site and post all your insights!

      And for all the climate nuts out there, stop bullyin us! If you want to reduce “climate change”, spend your energy growing more hops! It’s great for making beer, and after a couple IPA’s, just for the moment, “climate change” doesn’t really matter all that much!

    3. Sage, I have done my homework and there is plenty of data to rebuke the “theory” or as Al Gore says “settled science” of global warming (renamed climate change because it has stopped warming). The fact that there has been no warming for the last 15+ years does not help your argument. Anyway, thanks for the socialist puppet master public service announcement. I will do my own thinking, thank you.

    4. Sage grouse says:

      Tom, You could benefit from doing your homework about climate change. In that way you could avoid seeming to be lost in Sleepy Hollow. NASA climate or are places to start.

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