Canton, NC Hops Project. Hops - Growing Hops 2014
Back to 2013 - Part 1
July 25, 2014 by
I figured it was about time
for an update on my second year's hops growing so
far. The hops plants in the garden got a
better, taller support system. I went from the 6-foot
posts to a much taller 14-foot system. It's still not
optimum, as hops like something about 20-22 feet in
height. I was a bit late in finishing the 14-foot
systems and much of my hops plants had spread into
heaps on the ground. I have since pruned them each
down to about 8 or 10 bines each. Last year I allowed
only 2 or 3 bines per each hill. It was recommended to
me at this year's hops grower's meeting to allow maximum
bines. I took the middle route, with the 8 or 10 bines
per hill. All the hops plants have been cleaned
of leaves from about 2 feet and down. Here is a chart
rendering of the hops growing along the house...
I still have 21 hops plants and most are doing
well, with the exception of five or six out in the garden.
The first 8 I want to talk about are located in the
rendering above. The Chinook is by far the best grower
and has taken over the front porch. It was my best
producer last year. The Cascade by the porch corner is
also a monster. The three attached to the house
(Chinook, Nugget, and Golding) are doing well. I was
able to get them started climbing the bines early on.
Plus, these have about 14 feet to climb. I added a
two-pole system for the three others (Cascade, 2
Centennials) that is also about 14 feet in height.
These are growing well and some have reached the top so fast
they are hanging over about 6 feet.
Here is a chart rendering of the hops plants out in the
The hops are performing about the same as the
previous year, with the best growth showing from the left to
the right. In other words, the Sterlings and Chinooks
are doing well, with the Cascades slightly behind.
Then the small Tettnang, and even small Northern Brewers,
Columbus, Willemettes and the Nugget. I may have to
pull those if they don't do well this year, and replace with
Chinooks, Cascades, or something proven.
Here are some images of the new growth systems and
various hops plants. These are all second year hops
and are images taken in late May, 2014...