Home Hop Garden: August Update

I finally have hops! There has been quite a bit of progress since my June update. Surprisingly, my 1st year Centennial and Chinook bines have surpassed my 2nd year Willamette in height. Both first year plants grew past the vertical height of the twine (about 22') and flopped downward.

I water them deeply every 2 - 3 days, depending on the temperature, and use an organic fish fertilizer once a week, or so.  Regardless, the bottom 2/3 of all of the bines look quite ragged. They've dried out and lost many leaves. However, the good news is that the top of the plants, where the hops are growing, are green and lush. If anyone knows why I've lost leaves at the bottom, I'd appreciate some advice! Maybe I'm under watering them?

While the plants aren't pretty, I'm glad that my first year plants will actually produce. I expect I'll harvest them by mid-September. I think they'll give me enough for a small 3 gallon batch. I was told not to expect anything from 1st year plants, so that's a win in my book!

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From left, Centennial, Willamette, Chinook

From left, Centennial, Willamette, Chinook

1st year Chinook

Some 1st year Centennials

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  1. Very cool! Seeing these photos and how you have the vines climbing the side of your house like this makes me think maybe I could grow these at my place... Thanks for sharing!

  2. You should! Give it a try. I just wish I did it sooner.

  3. I have the same issue on one of my Cascade plants with the bottom dying out. Let me know if you hear any solutions!


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