Growing Hops Plants - Diary
There are many reasons to grow hops plants. You might grow them because
you are a home brewer. Or, perhaps as a cash crop. For many gardeners,
it's the challenge of growing something they've never grown before.
Maybe you're growing them because it an easy to grow perennial. Then,
there's my favorite reason "because I can".
So, simply "because I can", I embarked on my first endeavor to grow
hops. I do not make beer, or wine for that matter, at home or anywhere
else. I do have people I can give the fruits of my labor, in this case
"cones". So at harvest time, the bountiful fruits of my labor should not
go to waste.
So watch, as I document and display my immense gardening prowess at
growing hops in the diary below..........
May 7, 2019 - I just picked up a rhizome from a friend of my
oldest son. The shoots have begun to grow, about six of them. The longest
is already over an inch long. I was told to get it into the ground
tomorrow. The variety is "Cascades". It's used to make pale ales and
IPAs, adding a citrusy flavor. I'm gung-ho, let's grow!
May 8, 2019 - And, so it begins.... It's planting time! I prepared the
planting site, mixing in plenty of rich compost. I was told the roots do
not like to be in wet, soggy soil. So, I mounded the planting area
slightly. I planted the rhizome a couple inches deep in the soil, with
just the tips of the growing shoots poking above the soil. There's still a
risk of frost an cold weather for the next couple of weeks. I'll be
prepared to cover them up , if need be. Yes, my hops plant is going to
June 6, 2019 - About one month after planting, the new hops plant is
already about 10 inches tall (From now on, I need to bring out
the tape measure).There are two major bines. The plant is beginning to
climb up the rebar I put next to it. As it grows taller, I will train
one of the bines to climb up the corner post (see left side of picture).
June 7, 2019 - I applied a dose of general purpose fertilizer. The
tallest bine is not grabbing onto the pole by itself yet. A light breeze
knocks it free. I continue to train it. It's a smart plant, so I know it
will get the idea soon (lol).
Recipes: May we suggest: