2010 Hop Sprouts Update


    Second year hops – hop sprout update.  My last post was April 8, 2010 and I had uncovered my hop sprouts because they were pushing up from under the leaf mulch.  I was waiting as long as I could because I am in zone 4 and frost free nights are over a month away.  That night:

    Subfreezing Hop Sprouts

    Hop Sprouts Survive Freezing

    The bottom right hand corner of the above pic shows the outside temperature of 27.9 degrees fahrenheit,  far enough below freezing to kill many plants.  They survived, no problem!  Hops are very hardy and established hop plants will survive.  I have friends that have lost newly planted hop rhizomes to freezing so I was a bit concerned – not to worry.  They went from albino buried hop sprouts to healthy hop bines.  Here are my Magnum hop sprouts (now hop bines), about 10 inches tall April 17, 2010.

    Hardy Magnum Hop Sprouts Thriving

    Magnum Hop Sprouts Survive Freezing Temps

    Newly planted hop rhizome sprouts may be susceptible  to freezing temps, not established second year hops.  At this rate, I am going to have an awesome harvest.  Barring a hard freeze, these hop bines will thrive!  I love growing hops!

    Categories : Second Year Hops


    1. Robin,
      You will love growing hops. Sounds like you are prepared for next year’s hop planting. That’s great you have prepared your hop bed already. I don’t know if you got that tip from me or not, but that will give your hops an advantage and you may end up with a sizable first year hop harvest like I did. You’re welcome – I enjoy growing hops and this became my first hobby blog – I am learning a lot about how to grow hops and blogging. Congrats on becoming one of us and the best of luck to you and your husband.

      Tip – Do not wait too long to order your rhizomes in the spring, they sell out fast. You can pre-order on many sites. Here is a list of online websites of where to buy hop rhizomes

    2. Robin says:

      I am so excited. We have just finished preparing our hop bed for planting in the Spring of 2011. We will need to set up the trellis system, rig up the chicken wire to keep the rabbits out and of course choose and plant the rhizomes. My husband home brews and I’ll grow at least some of the hops he uses. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and including pictures. Your enthusiasm is contagious!

    3. Cyrious says:

      I live here in AZ and my wife bought me some Galena Rhizomes this year. I planted them April 8th, 2010 and one is up to 8′ in height! Thank goodness for cooler temps so far this year and automatic drip watering! I also planted it on the north side of the house but along the fence (6 feet from house) I ran nylon twine from the fence bottom to the awning of the house. Attached it with a simple ceiling hook. The second rhizome is about 3 feet tall and has several shoots. We are getting into the 100+ temps so I hope it survives!

    4. Hop Mama,
      Your husband doesn’t know how lucky he is (at least as far as your hop fetish goes!). Hopefully he will come around. I would love to see some pics of the rigging you have going. I am always looking for different and better ways to rig or trellis hops. I wish you well in your hop endeavors! Hop on!

    5. I am not sure on Argentina’s importation rules. I am not aware of any US hop vendors that ship out of the country either. If I find any information on this, I will post it. I hope you find some!

    6. Mary,
      I am not sure on the best way to identify hops. The question has come up several times and if I find some good info on identifying hops, I will post something on it. Any way to get a hold of the previous owner(if they were the ones that planted them or were told what they were)? I will see if I come across some worthy info on identifying hop varieties. Anyone else have any suggestions on identifying hops?

    7. Hop Mama says:

      This wife does! I’ve got the opposite issue. The Mister is rolling his eyes about the crazy twine contraptions I’ve got rigged up all along the fence line in the backyard and in the front flower bed. I’m in Northern California, and this is my first go ’round with hops. Good luck all!

    8. Pedro says:

      Growing Hops, i would like to purchase some hop rhyzomes. I live in Argentina, you know about international hop root shipping? Thanks in forward. Pedro.-

    9. Mary says:

      I’ve got a question for a ‘hop’ expert. We moved into a place last summer and there were hops already here. We have four different varieties, but don’t know what they are! Is there a way to identify hops once they’ve begun growing?
      One plant is already 3′ tall, other 3 are just out of ground and growing leaves.
      Can anyone help?

    10. The plant that I put in the ground last year looks a lot like your first picture now. I cut a rhizome off of it a couple of weeks ago and replanted that but it hasn’t started to sprout yet. I bought it from a garden store and have no idea what the variety is. Hopefully, I’ll be able to identify it when I get some flowers this year. Last year it didn’t produce at all. I also put a cascade and a chinook rhizome in over the weekend. They were starting to look a little questionable in the fridge so I’m glad I finally found time to do it. I hope it wasn’t too late for them.

    11. Evan says:

      Your hops have really taken off! I’ve got seven first year rhizomes in the ground (Fuggle, Goldings (2), Tettnanger, Sterling, Cascade, and Willamette), nothing taller than 8″ yet. Plus I’m in northern Los Angeles, so I’ve had some nice warm weather (65-80 degree days) for about a month. We’ll see what happens. Summer heat, not winter cold, will be my enemy down here.

    12. Mike says:

      We’ve got Fuggle! There’s sprouting in the pot. Nothing visible from the 2 in the ground yet.
      Good luck! Wives just don’t appreciate the inherent beauty of these things, do they? 😉
      Maybe you can make something decorative out of the old bines…

    13. Mike,
      Warning – growing hops is addictive. Congrats on your start. Hops are a blast to watch grow and smell, especially if you are a hop head (IPA’s, double and tripple IPAs, Imperial IPAs… ). A great addition to homebrewing, save money, and just fun to follow the hop bines growth.

      Yeah I ran into some unexpected flack from the wife this year. I am starting 2 container hop plants – Fuggle and a Mt. Hood. I figured, what’s 2 more – WRONG ASSUMPTION. She doesn’t know it yet, but they will be growing in the backyard – the others are on the side of our garage and out of sight. I have my work cut out for me, wish me luck.

    14. Mike says:

      Roseville MN. I’m starting out with just 3 rhizomes (Cascade, Centennial & Fuggles). 2 in the ground and 1 in a pot. Gotta ease my wife into the idea gradually. 😉
      We’ll see how it goes.

    15. Mike,
      Welcome to the humulus lupulus – hops community! Where are you located (country/state/province)? You are going to enjoy watching your hop bines grow. You should see hop sprouts soon. Hop plants grow like weeds if they have sun, nutrients, water and something to climb Best of luck and keep us posted on your hops.

    16. Mike says:

      Thanks for the updates. Just planted my first hops last Sunday, and I can’t wait to see some activity. Patience….. 🙂

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