April 7th – We have Hop Sprouts!

    Cascade hop sprouts just broken ground.

    Cascade Sprouts

    I checked under the mulch and all three of my hop plants have sprouts.  We have had a few 50+ degree days and enough sun to warm up the ground enough to unfreeze the ground and allow signs of life to emerge.  They were covered with snow just a couple weeks ago.  I wait for this to occur every year (anxiously) – now I can relax.

    I have a good track record with these three plants surviving – I have lost other hops to winter.  I uncovered the mounds now to let the sun warm up the ground more and they will become bines shortly.  Where I am, the Minneapolis, MN area – zone 4, we will have several nights below freezing but since these are established plants, they will survive no problem.  Even if we get a really cold spell, worst case is these sprouts will die off but new ones will replace them.

    There is enough energy stored up in the crowns / root stocks to send up new sprouts if the initial ones are killed off.  If newly planted rhizome sprouts are killed off, there is a good chance they will not survive (only so much energy is stored in the rhizome).  That’s why you don’t want to plant rhizomes too early for your zone.  Here in zone 4 May 15th is the generally accepted date to plant for garden plants (or any plant) that cannot take a freeze.

    The Magnum Sprouts are popping through the ground.

    Magnum Sprouts


    Every growing season is different, we will see what this one brings.  These bines should easily top out (13 – 15 feet – garage roof height) by June 1st.  I’ll keep you posted.  A lot of you have a jump on my growing season.  Let us know how your bines or hop sprouts are doing with a comment.



    Nugget sprouts have appeared.

    Nugget Sprouts

    Categories : Fifth Year Hops


    1. Grow Hops says:

      Congrats on not losing any plants and sprouts appearing. We just had an inch and a half of snow and supposed to get at least 6 inches more tonight! I didn’t cover the sprouts so we will see if they survive this. This might be my involuntary cutting them back. If they don’t survive, there will be more sprouts. Not sure if you will get any of this storm. Keep us posted.

    2. hoosier says:

      I have approx. 5-7 sprouts for all three of second year hops now. Woohoo! They are about 2in. tall right now. From a mojority of what I have read, I am going to “unwillingly” cut all of these back. Then I will train 2-3 of the second generation sprouts. One reference: http://oregonhops.org/culture1.html

      I welcome any comments on 2nd year hops grooming. I’m just excited that all three survived their first winter! Looking forward to watching them grow.

      I haven’t yet planted the rhizomes that I bought this year (3 more). Here in central Indiana you never know what the weather is gonna do this time of year. Beautiful spring day today, but possible snow this weekend. I’m thinking about putting them in pots for a couple weeks

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