Yep. I’m growing hops again this year. As you may, or may not, know … I was out of the country until the early part of May. My lovely bride took care of my hop vines for me and she got them off to a great start–they are now in full bloom and I’ll have to decide soon when is the appropriate time to pick them. I have three varieties I’m growing: Chinook, Cascade, and Nugget.
The Chinook: My Chinook vine took a hit this year — it was awesome early — had already grown to my roof and was spilling over at the top. Then my air conditioner went out and the repairmen totally destroyed my vine. I mean they completely pulled it out at the ground level. I gotta tell you — hops are resilient! Take a look at the pictures of my Chinook now … completely regrown and producing flowers (and this was in July). Wow. Oh, you can also see my new A/C unit in these pics.
The Cascade: Last year I trimmed and tried to follow the advice about keeping the vines “spruced up” thinking that would produce more hop flowers. NOT! I only got about an ounce of Cascade hops out of my vine. This year I just let the vine go. It could grow wherever it wanted to go … and it did! Talk about produce flowers! Check out these pictures of how it has grown and started producing. We’ll see if I get more than one ounce this year!
The Nugget: Lastly, I have the Nugget hops. I did the same thing with these as I did with the Cascade … I just let them go. They are growing hop flowers all over the place. We’ll see if I get more than one ounce out of them this year too. See the pictures:
This is kind of funny, really. I’m just renting this house — it will be interesting to see what the next renters/owners think of these vines! They are now very well established — they will be hard to get rid of … LOL!