Minnesota Hops Growing ResourcesBy
Growing hops in Minnesota works well with our climate. I have put together a few resources for folks in our state (good for many similar climates). This info should be helpful for anyone considering or currently #growinghops , if you reside in Minnesota or not. Not much else to write about in January – today we are supposed to have a blizzard. Tomorrow it is supposed to be colder than 20 below zero fahrenheit with a high temp of 12 below zero! Not much hop action at these temps.
Some hop rhizome vendors (and hop plant vendors) are already taking orders for this season. Obviously here we can’t do any ground preparation this time of year but we can start planning what varieties of hops to plant. It is a good time to start planning support structures for our hop bines. Eighteen to twenty feet is an optimum height, but they will take what you give them. My pulley system only has 13 feet and 15 feet but they provide plenty of hop cones for my needs. There are many rigging systems and many creative ways to rig hop bines – Poles, sides of buildings and decks… (southern exposure is best, but east or west will work – (not northern exposure)). Get creative, my setup only cost me about $20 for pulleys, screw hooks, wooden stakes, rope and tie cleats by using the south side of my garage!
I hope these resources help to get you involved and gives you ideas on growing hops for yourself or even commercially.