Archive for Second Year Hops
August 1st hops update. The Cascade hops are mostly hop cones with a lesser amount of hop burrs. The Magnum are smaller cones and more hop burrs than the Cascade right now. Hop harvest will be in about a month I think.
Last year the Cascade and Magnum hops were ready to harvest at the same time. At this point, the Magnum are trailing the Cascade. I would rather harvest them separately anyway – it’s a lot of work.
The Nugget hops are barely hop burrs at this point. They trailed the other hops by 2 weeks last year so no surprise there. I am anxious to see how much more my hop harvest will be this year. I am hoping for double last year’s.
Pictured below is my 1st year container Fuggle hops and my second year hops. Left to right they are Fuggle, Nugget, Magnum and Cascade. Maybe one more update before harvest if I have time. So far, so good!
Hop Bines May 1st
May 1st, just 2 weeks since the last post. The hop bines were 10 inches tall on April 17, now they are over 5 feet tall! I thought first year hops were fun to watch grow, this is insane! They grew over 4 feet in 2 weeks and this is not even planting time for my zone (zone 4A). Last year it was about June 7th before the hops reached this height (first year hops).
I was going to double the ropes per hop plant this year but had no time to do it. Oh well, they will be thick this year. I expect the laterals to go crazy and at least double the harvest of last year of 4.1lbs wet.
I have not fertilized or amended the soil at all this year. I must have done a good job when I prepped the soil the fall before I planted the hop rhizomes. The hop mounds were heavily mulched with grass and leaves over the winter and perhaps the decomposing grass and leaves were seeping a compost tea into the soil.
What the hell is going to happen when summer comes? At this rate, I may lose my garage to the hop bines. I expect the bines to reach the top of their ropes(15 feet) by June. I’ll keep you posted.
I also started 2 container hop plants this year – a Fuggle and a Mt. Hood. We’ll see how these do – only about 9 inches tall so far. I am more interested or concerned about how long I can keep them in the containers as hop crowns and roots grow massively. I also need to think about how to over-winter the containers as it can get to minus 30 during the winter here.
Expect future posts of massive bines!
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:
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.
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!