June 1st Benchmark 1 Hop Bine Topped Out It’s RopeBy
So far this year, here in Minnesota we have been ripped off out of a spring. Cloudy, cold and rainy almost every day, not to mention 4 inches of snow in May. Despite the lack of sunshine, the hops are almost on schedule for growth for a “normal season”. Generally the hops top out by June 1st. Last year was an early spring and the hops were at where they are now by May 6th.
A few days of sunshine and they will all be topped out and start filling in (bush out). They are all sending out laterals (branches) and will fill out substantially. Hopefully a better harvest than last year (about half of what it should have been). Let’s hope for a more normal growing season and harvest. The hops are healthy with big leaves – up to a foot across! I am about to top dress the soil with some more compost that is almost ready (I make my own).
I just wanted to give you an update as to where they are at. June 1st is a benchmark date for a “normal” topping out of the ropes and a good indicator of general health and productivity. I hope those of you that are growing hops are having success. Leave a comment and let us know how you are doing.