May 25th Hop Bine UpdateBy
Just finished 6 days in a row of rain and it is still cold and cloudy. Despite that, the hops have grown 3 to 4 feet taller in one week. So far we have been ripped off of a normal spring season other than a half a dozen warm days. We peaked at 57 degrees on Sunday the 26th(pics from and started writing on the 25th). Sure could use some global warming.
Left to right – Nugget are at 11 feet, Magnum are about 10 feet and the Cascade are about 9 feet tall. Lateral growth has started and left to right is leading here too. The Nugget
have laterals (branches) starting of up to 18 inches long. The Magnum have some lateral growth of about a foot so far. The Cascades just started with branches of 1 to 3 inches. The Magnum is a tighter bine that does not branch out much. The Cascade and Nugget will have branches of 4 feet (or more). Once they top out, then the real lateral growth occurs.
Not sure if these guys will all top their ropes by June 1st. All I need is 2 or 3 sunny days and it will be no problem topping out. The Magnums have 5 feet to go to reach the peak of the garage. The Nuggets have 2 feet and Cascades have 3 feet yet to top out their ropes. Let’s hope for some sunshine.