Yesterday was a beautiful day in the Portland area. It was dry, sunny and the temperature hit the low 60s. All the neighbors ventured out of their caves, into the blinding sunlight. I spent some time doing yard cleanup, and was pleasantly surprised to see my that my hop plants have started to poke their way through the ground. Pictures below.
I know there's not much to see here, but I was glad to see them. I planted two new rhizomes in large above-ground planters last spring. They grew well, but we had a pretty brutal winter (as for as Northwest winters go) and I was worried they wouldn't survive. Fortunately, they did. It's hard to believe, but in a few short months, they'll be over 20 feet tall!
My hop garden now consists of a soon-to-be third year Willamette, a second year Centennial, and a second year Chinook. I don't think it's possible to have too many hop plans. With that in mind, I'll expand my garden by planting two new rhizomes this spring. I'll think I'll go with Cascade and Columbus.
If you're thinking about growing hops, now's the time to pre-order your hop rhizomes! It's really easy and a lot of fun. If you want to get an idea of what you can expect, take a look at my monthly hop garden updates from last year.
Looking forward to a great season!