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!

    Magnum and Cascade hop cones

    Magnum Cones on the Left – Cascade to the Right

    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.

     


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    June 25th and my thermometer says it’s 99 degrees. The tomatoes and hops are loving it. I gave the hops and my

    99 degrees on June 25th 2016 and the hops are thriving in it.

    6-25-2016 99 Degrees

    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.

    Pic of the 3 hop bines on June 25th.

    June 25 2016 Hop Bines


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    Just a quick pic of how the hops are doing.  All sending out lengthy laterals, trying to intermingle –

    Nugget, Magnum and Cascades on June 4th.

    June 4th Hop Bines

    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.

     

     

     

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