Hop Bines July 14thBy
It has been a while since my last update. I was out of town for 8 days and I had been having technical difficulties updating this blog (I could not sign in!). Well I finally solved the
signing in problem (a missing file in WordPress due to a security plugin) and can now update again. The hop bines have filled out and are doing well. They are just beginning to form hop burrs (the beginning of hop cones). My wife apparently watered sufficiently while I was gone (a rare dry streak).
The Magnum hops are doing well for the second year in a row. The previous 2 years I had struggled with a boron deficiency that stunted and almost killed the Magnum – the Cascade and Nugget did not seem to be as susceptible. We have been having an abundance of rainfall which leeches the nutrients out of the ground so I have been top dressing the soil with compost and kelp. I have given the bines 3 sprayings with Miracle-Gro as an insurance policy against the soil leeching. We have had several 2, 3 and 4 inch rainfalls and yesterday had another 4.5 inches of rain. Now that hop burrs are starting to form, I will not spray them anymore this season. I don’t want any chemicals on my hop cones.