Almost Hops Harvest Time!By
This is year number 8 for these hop bines – Nugget, Magnum and Cascades. The Magnum Hops are almost ready to harvest! Soon to be followed by the Cascade hops and Nugget hops are just forming hop cones!
My Magnums are large and ready to harvest. I will harvest next weekend. They do not show off their cones as they are draped by the foliage. It protects the hop cones from the sun – it is the nature of the Magnum hops variety. My Cascades are proudly showing off their cones. As always, the Nugget hops are weeks behind. I like the fact they mature at different times so I don’t have to harvest them all at the same time as I pick them by hand.
I will spread the harvests out over several weeks. Magnum first, followed by the Cascades the next week and the Nugget hops will be 2 to 3 weeks later. It works for me as it takes between one to two hours per bine(s) to harvest. I only have to pick and dry one variety per week or so. I don’t have the facilities to do more than one variety at a time so it works out perfect for me and my time.