This is year number 8 for these hop bines – Nugget, Magnum and Cascades. The Magnum Hops are almost ready to harvest! Soon to be followed by the Cascade hops and Nugget hops are just forming hop cones!
My Magnums are large and ready to harvest. I will harvest next weekend. They do not show off their cones as they are draped by the foliage. It protects the hop cones from the sun – it is the nature of the Magnum hops variety. My Cascades are proudly showing off their cones. As always, the Nugget hops are weeks behind. I like the fact they mature at different times so I don’t have to harvest them all at the same time as I pick them by hand.
I will spread the harvests out over several weeks. Magnum first, followed by the Cascades the next week and the Nugget hops will be 2 to 3 weeks later. It works for me as it takes between one to two hours per bine(s) to harvest. I only have to pick and dry one variety per week or so. I don’t have the facilities to do more than one variety at a time so it works out perfect for me and my time.
June 25th and my thermometer says it’s 99 degrees. The tomatoes and hops are loving it. I gave the hops and my
garden a boost earlier today with a foliar feeding of Miracle Gro LiquiFeed plant food. I generally feed them 2 of 3 times each year with the Miracle Gro to give them a boost. This is in addition to top dressing the soil around my hops, tomatoes, cucumbers and anything else I grow with compost, Azomite, kelp and fish emulsion.
I have had to retrain several laterals back to their own ropes. Otherwise you get intermingling of varieties and makes hop cone harvest more difficult – near impossible to separate varieties once intermingled.
Probably not much to report on until the the hop cones start showing. So far the hop bines are healthy and no pest or deficiency issues. I’ll keep you posted.
Just a quick pic of how the hops are doing. All sending out lengthy laterals, trying to intermingle –
that’s not happening as they are three separate varieties – Nugget, Magnum and Cascade hops. Once they intermingle, you can’t separate the cones at harvest time. You end up with a mix of bittering and aroma hops. You will never be able to duplicate a recipe because you don’t know the ratios.
Best to keep them separate. I have to take a long pole and train the laterals to stay on their own bines. I just wrap them around their own kind.
If we get a week of straight sunshine, there should be some serious filling out. My Cascades are on the far right, the spindliest of the three. They could really use some filling out.