This post is six months late! Throughout last spring and summer, I dutifully blogged about my home hop garden. But I never wrote about the most exciting part—the harvest. Until now, anyway. Better late then never!
Overall, 2017 was a great hop growing season at my estate—sideyard, I should say. I planted several new varieties (Cascade, Columbus, Mt. Hood, Sterling, and Zeus). All of the first year rhizomes grew quite tall and even produced cones. My second year Chinook really came into its own this year! Here's my final output of dried hops:
- Cascade: 4.6 oz.
- Centennial: 3.6 oz.
- Chinook: 9.8 oz.
- Blend of Sterling, Mt. Hood, Columbus: 3.7 oz.
- Zeus: 5.5 oz.
I'm extremely disappointed to report that my oldest plant, a three-year old Willamette produced one cone. Yes, one measly, well-formed cone. I'm hoping it's a late bloomer. If it doesn't produce in 2018, it's a goner.
Overall, it was a fun growing season! I even brewed my first wet hop IPA. I did have some leaf rot issues on 2-3 of my plants. I'll keep a close eye on that this year. Anyway, for a look back at my 2017 growing season, click the links below.
|Diseased hop plants|
I don't plan to add any new varieties this year, as I'm running out of space. On the plus side, I've got some fairly mature plants so I hope the 2018 season will be fruitful—or is it hopfull?