Sprouts Survive Being Snow Covered Twice


    Alright, this is getting friggen old.  This is the winter from hell that won’t go away.  It is a right wing conspiracy to discredit global warming – (joke).  I had hop sprouts, 4 days later they are covered in 4 inches of snow.  Snow recedes and a couple days later, we get 6 more inches of snow.  Well the snow has receded a second time and the sprouts survived no problem!

    Hop sprouts buried a second time in ANOTHER 6 inches of snow.

    Friggen Another 6 Inches of Snow

    I knew the snow was coming (both times) and was torn whether to cover them (again) or see what happens.  I chose to see how they would

    Cascade sprouts after the second snow cover.

    Cascade Post Snow

    handle being snow covered.  this is the 5th year so they are well established and I figured they might as well be tough Minnesota hops and quit there sniveling.  As I guessed, they handled it just fine.

    Worst case is the sprouts would have been killed off and they would be replaced with another round.  The first year after planting you have to protect them from snow and freezing temps.  After that, they will either survive or send up more sprouts when the ground warms up again.  I am at about the 45th parallel lattitude and hops will grow up to the 55th parallel (into Canada).  I have not lost an established hop plant yet.  I have lost a container hop plant Fuggle after it’s first year due to extreme cold (30 below zero fahrenheight) and I lost a Mt. Hood to 50+ MPH winds (first year hop plant).

    Magnum hop sprouts survived the second snow covering - 4 inches, then 6 inches of snow.

    Magnum Sprouts

    Nugget hop sprouts survive the second snow covering.

    Nugget Sprouts









    The sprouts have not progressed since the first time I wrote about them emerging.  They have been in a suspended state of animation during the snow covering(s).  They do not appear to be damaged from the snow cover at all.  I am glad I let them go uncovered because now I know I don’t have to cover them during cold or snow or both.  I am getting really anxious to get going with this growing season (hops and my vegetable garden).  It is one of the few hobbies I have and I really dig being connected with the earth (grounding/earthing – a major health benefit) and getting my hands dirty.

    I hope everyone is having a great growing season.  Let us know how your hops are doing.  Cheers!

    Categories : Fifth Year Hops


    1. Grow Hops says:

      Off to a good start! Here’s where it gets fun watching them take off. Hope your weather is better than mine. Watched the news/weather last night – we have another winter storm warning 4 to 8 inches of snow coming tonight. Waiting for spring.

    2. Andy says:

      Looks good! I have crowned mine once, and on the 5 1-year old mounds, already had 1foot to 1.5 foot of growth with 6+ bine shoots on each mound, so had to string up my trellis cord this weekend! Also, one of the 4 rhizomes I planted on April 6, 2013 has broken ground, as of April 19th. Pretty excited… this one is an eager plant, I would expect the other 3 to break some time in the next week. If I get time, I will try and share some photos.

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