Minnesota Hops Sprout Just After SpringBy
My hops sprout about the first day of spring. Here in Minnesota, about latitude of 45 degrees, these hops are behind most of the readership’s of this blog. Today the temp peaked at 39 degrees fahrenheit. We have had a few days of 50’s and 60’s (prematurely warm, but now we are below normal temps) – again.
Traditionally I will spot hop sprouts about now. I think the latest I have seen them break ground was about April 15th. They almost always reach the rooftop (13 to 15 feet) by
June 1st. In the next 10 day forecast, only Tuesday 3/28 has any sunshine predicted. Not much growth until we get some sun.
This is the ninth year these hops have been alive. Left to right (look at previous posts), Nugget, Magnum and Cascade hops. Two bittering (high alpha acid) hops and one aroma hop plant (Humulus lupulus).
This is also the ninth year I have used the same ropes and pulley system. It might be the last as the ropes are showing exposure wear. I way over spec’ed the ropes by using 1/4 inch nylon rope with a tensile strength of about 500 pounds – way more than the hop bines they hold. The advantage is I only had to rig the pulley system once and I don’t need a ladder anymore (I don’t like heights). The pulleys are mounted on the underside of my garage roof eves. The ropes are tied to stakes in the ground, go up to the
pulley and back to tie cleats I have mounted on the garage wall. When it is harvest time I just lower the bines and pick the hop cones from the ground.
Sorry, not much to show so far but it’s a start to the 2017 hop growing season. I would love to hear how your hops are doing. If you haven’t started growing hops, order some hop plants or hop rhizomes from one of these vendors on my post: