Canton, NC Hops Project. Hops - Growing Hops - Hops Rhizomes - Beer Hops
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July 25, 2014 by
Four weeks later and there
are some clear leaders in the variety of hops growing in my
Canton, NC hops garden. Chinook, Nugget, Cascade and
Sterling have risen to the occasion, growing quickly to 14+
feet. Small hops flowers have appeared and it looks
like these four varieties are going to be loaded with
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 now about 12 feet high and has been trained to run
horizontally after that, going to about 6 more feet.
So, in total, I have about 18 feet so far. And, it's
not even July yet! The plant is presently running
up a 12-ft string. I had planned 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. But, it may not happen. It
presently is still just a couple feet off the ground.
There is an abundance of flowers, with some showing that
typical hop shape.
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 the top of the string. In
fact, it reached the full height of 14 feet a couple weeks
ago. As such, it bent back over on itself and is
hanging 3 or 4 feet below the top. This hops plant has large,
green leaves that are about 8 inches in diameter.
There are a number of small bines flanking off the main one,
just hanging to about 2 feet in length for each. The
hops flowers are appearing about half way up and they are a
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 the top of
the diagonally ran string, with a vertical rise to the top,
or about 5 more feet. It then is running horizontally
along the porch support.
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. Instead
of pruning the others, I let them start to wind their way
around the various railings/balasters. It is really
filling out the landing area balasters and has plenty of
hops fowers. I remain 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
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 10 feet
(on a 14-foot string). Probably has something to do with the
extra convection heat coming from the Southern exposure near
the house. Some hops flowers are appearing near the
top of the plant.
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 14 feet in height -
the full length of the string. Like the Chinook hops
plant that is growing nearby, this Nugget has reached the
top. But, instead of falling back down, it has
started crawling along the roof.
Large, 8-inch leaves. Lots of hops flowers and some
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 12 feet in total. Doing well.
Situated on a pole/string systems that is only 7 feet in
height, so this one has outgrown that setup and is winding
around itself and along some of the horizontal string.
Centennial Hops Plant 2
Same as Centennial 1 above. About 12 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...
Unfortunately, I never got around to setting up 14-foot
poles so I went with another option - run them horizontally.
I really didn't want to do this as I've read they won't
produce as well. But, I didn't have a choice.
Time was against me. So, I set up similar poles about
15 feet from each hops plant and ran a string to them,
connecting everything. And, a layer of mulch was added
to all plants today...
Sterling Hops Plant 1
This one shows the best growth in my inventory. It has
reached to about 18 feet, or 11 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. This one has the largest
hop flower - one that is about the size of a dime.
Remember, it's not even July here yet. I guess that's
Sterling Hops Plant 2
Decent growth to 15 feet. Small 3-inch leaves.
Two strong bines, each on a separate string.
Compared to Sterling 1, this one is about half the size.
Chinook Hops Plant 3
One thick bine, and growth to about 16 feet on this Chinook.
Vibrant, though leaves at the bottom are still showing some
yellowing/spots. 5-inch leaves. As I stated a
few weeks ago, it appears I'm going
to have good results here in Canton, NC with my Chinook
Chinook Hops Plant 4
About the same as Chinook 3. Thick bine on 1 string,
growing to 15 feet. A single secondary shoot is now about
10 feet up in height. Wrapped it around the main bine.
Cascade Hops Plant 3
There are three strong bines. One is at 13 feet in
height/length and contains 3 to 5-inch leaves.
Two more bines are found on the secondary string 10 inches
away. They have grown to about 8 feet in height.
Contain 2-inch leaves. And, this one has 2 additional
shoots appearing from the rhizome.
Cascade Hops Plant 4
Two main bines on this hops plant. One is vibrant and
has grown to 10 feet, with 3 off-shoots from the bottom.
The second bine is 8 feet and has two additional shoots
coming up. Looks like Cascade is going to be a winner
Tettnang Hops Plant 1
Slow growth to about 7 feet. 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 8 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 8
feet each. No additional branching.
Northern Brewer Hops Plant 2
Two bines also on 1 string. Slow growth to 6 feet.
Some damage to lower leaves by catapillars or bugs.
Columbus Hops Plant 1
Decent bine to 7 feet. Second bine to about 4 feet. 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? This has improved some sing my last
update about the groundhogs.
Willemette Hops Plant 1
There are about 3 bines on one string, and 2 on another.
The height is 5 or 6 feet for the lot. The ground hog
has been enjoying this one. But, it is still growing.
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! This plant has pretty much been
destroyed. But, new shoots are appearing.
Nuggett Hops Plant 2
Two bines, one per string. One was doing well at 5 feet
in height, but the damage to the lower leaves courtesy the
groundhog was too much and this bine died. But, the other
has grown to about 6 feet. Leaves on the shorter one
have also been eaten off.
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