Hop Bines Humulus Lupulus


    Hop bines – Humulus Lupulus (not hop vines) are taking off now.  Growing at a rate of 3 to 6 inches a day.  7 days ago the Nugget hops were 7 feet tall – the Magnum hops were 5 feet tall and the Cascade hops were 6 feet tall.

    Cascade Hop Bines

    Cascade Hop Bines Gaining Ground

    1 week later Nugget hop bines are just over 10 feet, Magnum hop bines are 7 feet tall and the Cascade hop bines are 9 foot 6 inches.  In 7 days the Nugget hops grew 3 feet (5 inches a day), Magnum hops grew 2 feet (over 3 inches a day) and the Cascade hops grew 3 foot six inches (6 inches a day)!  This is the fun part of growing hops!

    The vertical growth should continue at this pace or better and the bines should soon fill in with side shoots and hop cones!  The hop flowers or hop cones are the end product we are after.  Watching the hops bines grow is the fun part.  I have not had to lower the bines yet (soon) as they reach the top of the rope/pulley of the hop rigging.  I still need to get some hose hangers or similar contraption to loop the bines on to allow more vertical space for the hop bines to grow.

    Magnum Hops are Slower to Start

    Magnum Hops are Slower to Start

    I mentioned on an ealier post that I spotted a posting on an interesting concept, a upward spiral.  I don’t know if the bines would need to be constantly trained or if they would follow the spiral.  I imagine there is a magic number of the angle of the rope where the bines would wrap around the rope without daily training.  Too slow of a rise and the bine would attempt to grow straight up.  I will experiment with this concept next year.

    This years pulley rigged ropes with a slight angle is doing great.  No sense in messing with perfection.  The Nugget bines are within 2 feet of reaching the top so I better start shopping for

    hose racks.

    Nugget Hop Bines in First Place

    Nugget Hop Bines in First Place

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    1. I have hops says:

      I have grown hops for two years now. This year I will harvest. I have any information you need. just email me.

    2. To tell you the truth, I have never seen a male hop plant or even a picture of one. I would assume the male hop plant would have no cones – instead, some sort of pollen sacks… If anyone has pictures of male hops, let us know.

    3. hbeez says:

      I started some hops from seed last year. They are doing well but I didn’t know you had to weed out the males. It makes sense now that I think about it. How do you tell the two apart?

    4. Personally, I would not grow hops from seed. You will have to weed out the male hop plants which are undesirable for hop production. Being in Washington, a major hop producing state, there could also be laws against it as you could cross pollinate commercial hop crops (and personal hop growers). Not to mention, Hop seeds may not take in time to establish a viable root stalk to survive the winter (probably would not).

      I would scrap the seeds, prepare your soil for next years crop and plant hop rhizomes next year instead. That is my opinion but I am sure many would back me up on this position. Kind of like the medical establishment’s Hippocratic Oath, “Do no Harm” to the existing hops crop. Sorry if that is not the answer you are looking for, but in the best interest of the hop growers, commercial and local home brewers – don’t do it. Hop rhizomes sold from reputable vendors are always female hop plants.

    5. Dave says:

      I live in sunny eastern washington state. Is it too late to late to plant hops for a harvest this fall. I ordered Humulus lupulus seeds.

    6. I used nylon rope (plenty strong and rot/mold/mildew resistant). I would think just about any rope or twine would do assuming it is strong enough. Just has to last for the season. I have not heard any horror stories about rope/twine failure. I always go over specification in anything I do as a precaution – I only want to do it once. I have seen some hop/rhizome vendors sell a “special” hop twine, generally in 20 foot lengths (not long enough for my setup). In my opinion, as long as it is strong enough, it should work. I will check around and see if there is any advice stating otherwise.

    7. What kind of string did you use? I just strung mine up yesterday but only had basic stuff in my garage. Should there be anything specific> I heard some stuff can rot.

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