Finally The Growing Season Has Started


    If you have been reading lately, I have had several setbacks to this growing season.  This is a late spring (actually, not that late) for my growing zone (zone 4), last year we

    Nugget hop sprouts as of April 28th, 2013.

    Nugget Sprouts 04-28-2013

    had an early spring (check the sitemap here for 2012).  My hop sprouts have been covered 3 times now under snow.  This last Monday 4/22/2013 they were covered for the 3rd time – under 4 inches this last snowfall.  As I have stated many times, hops are cold tolerant and apparently snow tolerant.

    We just had 2, 70+ degree days in a row – today will be 3.  So I should be able to participate in the discussion of growing hops this year, finally.  Things should progress from here fast so pay attention.  I believe these hops will top out their ropes by June 1st – 13 and 15 feet tall.  That’s an average of more than 3 inches of hop bine growth per day!  It will be slow in the beginning, then at peak be close to a foot a day.

    Magnum hop sprouts as of April 28th, 2013.

    Magnum 04-28-2013

    Of course this all depends upon the weather.  Warm sunny days are required for maximum growth.  I will take care of the nutritional requirements of the hop plants.  I am an organic guy and do not believe in chemical fertilizers.  I do make 1 exception, I will spray the bines a couple of times with Miracle-Gro – it just works, and does not really add any toxic chemicals to the plants.  If you have followed my previous years, the only severe deficiency I have encountered was a boron deficiency (and possibly iron deficiency).  I will be keeping an eye out for signs of these deficiencies and be supplementing the soil with compost, kelp and boron.

    Cascade sprouts late April, 2013.

    Cascade’s Lagging Others

    Hopefully you will be getting significant progress reports from here on out.  Aside from growing hops, I am also an avid gardener (tomato fanatic, cucumbers, sweet potatoes…).  So spring is an exciting time of year for those of us that live in the tundra of the great white north – ok, an exaggeration of our winter that would not end.  Let us know how your hops are doing.  Keep hoppin.



    Categories : Fifth Year Hops


    1. Grow Hops says:

      Yes, too many bines per rope otherwise. I keep the longest/fastest growing 3 to 5 shoots and cut the rest off just above ground. I could add extra ropes and go off at different angles but I grow mostly for enjoyment of watching them grow and am not looking for any more work (I have other gardens…)

    2. bristela says:

      Those are some impressive looking shoots.

      Are you going to be cutting them back at some point?

    3. Grow Hops says:

      Looking good. Keep the updates coming. My hops are finally taking off (3 feet) – yet supposed to drop below freezing again tonight (still waiting to plant tomatoes…).

    4. Andy says:

      Hello again… thought I would share an update video I shot this past weekend. Things are really growing well.


      Enjoy! Cheers!

    5. Grow Hops says:

      Andy, Sounds like you’re off to a good start. Those second year hops will amaze you how fast they grow. Hopefully all your rhizomes will make it, but if you only lose 1 out of 10, you are doing pretty well. The Sorachi Ace sounds interesting from what I have read about it. Keep us posted. I’ll have bine pics soon. Cheers.

    6. Grow Hops says:

      Art, I use the Miracle-Gro Liquafeed. It is a sprayer you attach to the hose and you screw in 16oz replaceable Miracle-Gro Liquafeed bottles. The bottle says it is a 12-4-8 ratio NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potash(Potassium)). Hope this helps.

    7. Andy says:

      Good deal! Good to see your growth… my five mounds from last year all have growth between 1.5 and 3 feet.

      On the 10 new mound side of things… I have two mounds above the ground… and while composting this weekend, I dug down and checked on the other 8.. out of those, seven have good sprouts that should break the ground in the next week or so… just one rhizome had week roots/sprouts comming out.. not sure if this one will make it, but we shall try! Most excited to see my two sorachi ace rhizomes kicking up good thick sprouts below the ground… seems like they like my soil thus far.


    8. dead lemming brewery says:

      what concentration of miracle grow do u use for this foliar feeding?

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