Homegrown hops 2020

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  1. riptorn

    riptorn Disciple (382) Apr 26, 2018 North Carolina
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    First day of spring brought my first 3 shoots of Cascade from the rhizomes set out late last spring. The bines grew last year but were non-producing, except for one flower smaller than a dime. Each of the shoots are about an inch tall.
    Hoping for better yield this year.

    Anyone else seeing activity in their hopyard?

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  2. PortLargo

    PortLargo Devotee (479) Oct 19, 2012 Florida

    . . . here's hoping they are taller than your house by summer and drooping from the weight of cones (would make a nice "after" pic) . . .
     
  3. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Devotee (493) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    Things are still a bit cool in Vt. No signs of life but soon enough the will start. Gonna b 10 tonight, so they are stayin put
     
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  4. riptorn

    riptorn Disciple (382) Apr 26, 2018 North Carolina
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    That's my concern for the near term. Although spring is here by the calendar I'm confident freezing temps aren't over. Not sure if this was the right thing to do, but I covered them with a bit of loose soil and will also heap some dry leaves on top.
     
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  5. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Devotee (493) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    Dry leafs will work great.
     
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  6. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (435) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    I have a few shoots starting up - It's a bit early for them, so I want to cut them down, wait another couple weeks at least before letting them get going.
    I have 3 Cascade bines and 2 Newport. Generally get a pretty good harvest, but last year did't do much at all - I didn't even bother harvesting - would have gotten less than a pound total.
     
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  7. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (6,958) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Mine broke ground a couple weeks ago - this picture is from March 15. Both my Cascade and Nugget. These are 8 year old rhizomes. I'm in Southeastern PA - Zone 6, but every year the spring flowers like our crocus and daffodils are coming up earlier.

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  8. riptorn

    riptorn Disciple (382) Apr 26, 2018 North Carolina
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    Are you saying the crocus and daffodils are coming up earlier year after year....or they're coming up earlier this year than last?
    The day lily emergence here are earlier this year than last, by at least two weeks.
     
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  9. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (6,958) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Yes. Looking back at previous years' pictures we have of the first blooms of spring, the trend is earlier almost every year.

    I recently saw this article about the long term trends in temperature, leaf emergence, and last frost date in my area.
    https://www.inquirer.com/science/climate/climate-change-spring-philadelphia-20200318.html
     
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  10. Granitebeard

    Granitebeard Initiate (126) Aug 24, 2016 Maine

    Woke up to 6" of snow, mine just rolled over, pull the turf up and said the groundhog was wrong
     
  11. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Devotee (493) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    Hey granitebeard we got 10 but melting fast. Wait for word on comit hops.
     
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  12. Granitebeard

    Granitebeard Initiate (126) Aug 24, 2016 Maine

    I was getting excited my self... could go a couple inches before hitting frost so thought "maybe a two or three more weeks and I can start testing the ground around them" then this...
     
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  13. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,662) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Yup, things are 'popping' here in Southeastern PA. A photo I took yesterday.

    Cheers!

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  14. Hanglow

    Hanglow Champion (811) Feb 18, 2012 Scotland

    Same here. Going to be supplementing my diet with a lot of hop shoots over the coming weeks I think
     
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  15. riptorn

    riptorn Disciple (382) Apr 26, 2018 North Carolina
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  16. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Devotee (493) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    I only cut mine back after the frost. Then weed whack down to the ground usually in early April.
     
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  17. Peach63

    Peach63 Zealot (548) Jul 17, 2019 New York
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    I just went out and checked mine. I've got a few shoots poking up. Still a bit early this far north. I grow Cascade, Perle, and Northern Brewers. I had Fuggle and Magnum which unfortunately, didn't take.
     
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  18. Maltyhead

    Maltyhead Aspirant (249) Dec 7, 2019 Massachusetts

    I hope the trend continues, not a fan of winter.
     
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  19. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Devotee (493) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    Got some grass growing among the hops, so, weeding today as well as weed whacking any old vegetation to bare dirt then removing from site.
     
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  20. utahbeerdude

    utahbeerdude Devotee (407) May 2, 2006 Utah

    I’ve not seen any shoots yet, but with most of the coming week to be in the 60’s and sunny, I expect to see some soon. I’ve got Cascades that are about 20 years old.
     
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  21. Peach63

    Peach63 Zealot (548) Jul 17, 2019 New York
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    Yup, it's time for me to get my butt out there to pull some weeds and dead bines.
     
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  22. Granitebeard

    Granitebeard Initiate (126) Aug 24, 2016 Maine

    Mine just started to poke through today. Guess I should work on getting some rhizomes dug up.
     
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  23. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,487) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I had nuns yesterday, this morning revealed a couple chinooks jumped about 6 to 8 I chest last night. I am in no way ready for these guys.
     
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  24. VikeMan

    VikeMan Poo-Bah (1,950) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    :astonished:
     
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  25. riptorn

    riptorn Disciple (382) Apr 26, 2018 North Carolina
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    :thinking_face: one of you ain't right.... just sayin'
     
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  26. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,487) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Nubs. I meant nubs
     
  27. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,487) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Seriously. Nubs
     
  28. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Devotee (493) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    hahahahahahahaaha
     
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  29. Peach63

    Peach63 Zealot (548) Jul 17, 2019 New York
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    Man, I was laughing my ass off! :rofl:
     
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  30. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (6,958) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Already pruned back to a few bines per plant and got them training
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  31. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,487) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I remember when my hops were young and had manners.
     
  32. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (6,958) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    The boxes have contained them a bit but they do shoot up outside that I have to cut back. My four plants aren't that young, this is their 8th year
     
  33. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Devotee (493) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    Got very little growth so far. Just to dam cold.
     
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  34. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,487) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Wow. What varietal? My chinook and centennials look like wild men right now. I'll nab some pictures if I can figure out how.
     
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  35. Peach63

    Peach63 Zealot (548) Jul 17, 2019 New York
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    Wow! Must be a bit warmer in Penn than NY. I haven't even put my lines up yet.
     
  36. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (6,958) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    The one in the picture is Nugget, I have 2 Nugget and 2 Cascade. Like I said, this is after I pruned back to just a couple bines per rope to get them trained. There were probably about 30 or 40 bines per plant that I cut back to the ground.
     
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  37. thebriansmaude

    thebriansmaude Initiate (99) Dec 16, 2016 Canada
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    How many bines per plant do you guys usually train ? I’ve been doing two the last couple years, and they tend to get pretty tangled up by end of season, which isn’t really a problem, but I wonder if I’d get more cone production / neater spacing if I just allowed one bine per plant ?
     
  38. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (6,958) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    I do two ropes per plant, two bines per rope - so a total of 4. I have mine set up in an angled rigging situation using a short and longer set of support poles so that each rope ends up providing about 25 feet of growing length.
    This is a picture from a previous year - the 8 ropes are from 4 plants

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  39. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Devotee (493) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

  40. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,487) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Did you si.ply cement those poles in the ground?
     
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