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Canton, NC Hops Project.  Hops - Growing Hops - Hops Rhizomes - Beer Hops

Part 2

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July 25, 2014 by Rick Morris:

So, it has been about 5 weeks since most of the hops went into the ground (with the exception of four or five plants).  I have a review for each of them...

Chinook Hops Plant 1
This plant was placed in somewhat clay soil.  A mixture of gravel happened to be in the area as it is near the front porch, so I suspect it is receiving decent drainage.  Facing the Eastern morning sun, I really didn't expect much from this one.  It gets only about 7 hours of direct sunlight. It's clear that all the Chinooks are doing very well, so I'm glad I placed a Chinook in this location.  It's about 6 feet high.  The plant is presently running up a 12-ft string.  I plan to branch off at the mid-point, where the top of the porch railings are, and run that branch the full 16 feet length of the porch.  Since there is a secondary bine, I'll just use it when it gets up there.

Chinook Hops Plant 2
This one is on the Southern facing wall of our house, running up a string that is about 14 feet in height.  The string is attached to a screw up top.  The vinyl siding on our home provides for some warming effects not ordinarily found out in the garden.  And, that clearly is playing a part in the growth of this, and the other two hops plants situated near the house.  This Chinook is showing vibrant growth to about 7 feet.  It has large, green leaves that are about 8 inches in diameter.  

Cascade Hops Plant 1
This one is planted near the corner of the porch landing, running diagonally up the rails.  The string extends vertically up the porch railing, and horizontally along the upper supports.  In total, there is room for about 20 feet of growth.  One main shoot is on the diagonal string and is doing well.  Good growth to about 6 feet and is near the area where it will turn vertically.  There are several off-shoots coming off the lower part of the primary bine.  I have trained two of these to follow the frontal direction of the landing/railings.  I'll prune the others.  I'm surprised how well this one is doing, in that it is growing diagonally, and it is hidden by the morning sun, and gets only about 7 hours of direct sun light.

Goldings Hops Plant 2
Since the first one died (see previous), this second Goldings hops plant replaced it.  Therefore, it has been in the ground half the time of the others. It is doing very well, with growth to about 4 feet (on a 14-foot string) in the three short weeks it has been in the ground.  Probably has something to do with the extra convection heat coming from the Southern exposure near the house.

Nugget Hops Plant 1
One of the most vibrant plants so far.  Situated by the Southern side of the house, near the Chinook Plant 2 and Goldings Plant 2.  Also on a 14-foot string.  It has sent up two strong bines to about 6 feet in height.  Large, 8-inch leaves.

Cascade Hops Plant 2
One of three plants situated about 8 feet from the Southern side of the house (where the above 4 plants are located).  Presently on a 7-foot string setup.  Plan to make a nice 12-foot trellis for this and the other two in the group.  Complete with overhead wooden supports.  Good growth to 4 feet.  These were also planted just a couple a weeks ago.  These three plants in this trellis system see the shade starting around 5pm each day.

Centennial Hops Plant 1
The second of the three plants situated about 8 feet from the Southern side of the house, this one is also showing good growth of about 4 feet.  Doing well.

Centennial Hops Plant 2
Same as Centennial 1 above.  About 4 feet in height.  Doing very well.

Moving to the micro-yard, as I call it.  This is a single row of 15 plants, entailing a total of 8 varieties.  Presently have them on a 7-foot "hurry up" system consisting of 8-foot landscape timbers and a small rope at top (read on previous page).  As some of the hops are presently growing beyond the top, I really have to find some time to increase the size of this yard...

Sterling Hops Plant 1
This one shows the best growth in my inventory.  It has reached to about 10 feet, or 3 feet past the top!  Starting to wind horizontally.  There are two strong bines on one string, and a third bine is making its way up a second string situated about 10 inches apart.  The leaves on this one aren't as large as the Chinook 2 and Nugget 1.  But, this Sterling has the thickest bines of all plants.  Some pruning is also needed for the additional sprouts appearing.

Sterling Hops Plant 2
Decent growth to 5 feet.  Small 3-inch leaves.  Two strong bines, each on a separate string.  3 or 4 new sprouts also at about 5 inches that need pruning.  Compared to Sterling 1, this one is about half the size.

Chinook Hops Plant 3
One thick bine, and growth to about 7 feet on this Chinook.  Vibrant, though leaves at the bottom are showing some yellowing/spots.  5-inch leaves.  Seems I'm going to have good results here in Canton, NC with my Chinook hops.

Chinook Hops Plant 4
About the same as Chinook 3.  Thick bine on 1 string, growing to 7 feet.  A single secondary shoot is about 8 inches in height.  Wrapped it around the main bine.  5-inch leaves.  In that this one is also at the top of the string, I can't delay in increasing the size of the growth system.

Cascade Hops Plant 3
There are three strong bines.  One is at 6 feet in height and contains 3 to 5-inch leaves.  There are also three additional shoots at the bottom that I'll prune.  Two more bines are found on the secondary string 10 inches away.  They have grown to about 18 inches in height.  Contain 2-inch leaves.  And, this one has 2 additional shoots appearing from the rhizome.  Will prune those as well.

Cascade Hops Plant 4
Two main bines on this hops plant.  One is vibrant and has grown to 8 feet, with 3 off-shoots from the bottom.  The second bine is 4 feet and has two additional shoots coming up.  Looks like Cascade is going to be a winner as well.

Tettnang Hops Plant 1
Slow growth to about 18 inches.  A single bine with 3 solid branches at the bottom - two that are winding up the string.  Early indications are this variety isn't going to do well.

Tettnang Hops Plant 2
Better growth to 4 feet.  And also has several lower branches finding their way up the string. 

Northern Brewer Hops Plant 1
Two bines, on on each string.  Solid growth to 4 1/2 feet each.  No additional branching.

Northern Brewer Hops Plant 2
Two bines also on 1 string.  Slow growth to 2 1/2 feet.  Some damage to lower leaves by catapillars or bugs. 

Columbus Hops Plant 1
Decent bine to 2 feet.  Second bine not tall enough to train.  Slow growing here.  I did notice, however that the rhisome was at the surface and exposed so I covered it with a few handfuls of dirt.

Columbus Hops Plant 2
Lots of low activity with 5 or 6 bines each @ 12-18 inches in length.  One bine is working its way up the string but shows signs of something eating away at its leaves.  The culprit?  A ground hog.  But, that can be a good thing - if I can keep him from eating the lower horizontal string!  This is one of the reasons I haven't been successful in training this one to grow up a string.  The groundhog keeps breaking the lower string, which supports the vertical strings.  Is a wire or thin cable the answer? 

Willemette Hops Plant 1
There are about 3 bines on one string, and 2 on another.  The height is 2 to 3 feet for the lot.  The ground hog has been enjoying this one.  But, it will still grow.

Willemette Hops Plant 2
Slow to no growth.  This was one of the first plants to be visited by Mr. Ground hog and it shows.  Although the plant has been virtually destroyed, it is still showing signs of potential.  We'll wait and see.  Even if it does look pitiful!

Nuggett Hops Plant 2
Two bines, one per string.  One is doing well at 5 feet in height, while the other is only 2 feet.  Leaves on the shorter one have also been eaten off.  An additional bine is surviving at 18 inches on the shorter plant.

Close up picture of hops plant just as they are beginning to show hops flowers.   Another closeup shot of hops plants growing in Canton, NC.

Hops growing along the porch in Canton, NC.   Chinook and Sterling hops plants growing up the side of the house in Canton, NC.   Chinook and Sterling hops plants growing up the side of the house in Canton, NC.

Hops growing in my micro-yard.   Another view of hops growing on vines/bines in my hop garden in Canton, NC.

Hops as they appear growing up the bine.

Continue reading about the Canton, NC Hops project in Part 3...


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