October 14, 2008

Fall Hops Update

Category: Hops Growing — Josh @ 6:55 pm

Well the hops growing season seems to have wound down here in Florida. I picked …

4 ounces(wet) from my Chinook plants on 06/27/2008
3/4 ounce(wet) from the Liberty plants on 07/15/2008
4 ounces(wet) from Chinook plants on 08/07/2008
1.5 ounces(wet) from Nugget plants on 08/14/2008
6 ounces (wet) from liberty plants on 08/07/2008
8 ounces(wet) from Chinook plants on 09/03/2008
6 ounces(wet) from Nugget plants on 09/04/2008

The Chinook plants were definately the most productive this year, followed by Nugget, then Liberty.

Total this year yielded 8 ounces of hops once they dried.

The plants were starting to send out new bines in the 1st and 2nd week of August, but the growth was stunted by tropical storm Faye that hit us from 08/18-08/24. We received 20+ inches of rain that week which caused the bines to yellow. By the 1st week in September, the bines had started to die back, and some cones started to brown. I picked all the hops I could at this point. Surprisingly, the Chinook in mid September pushed out a few side arms and I now have some cones to pick. I plan on cutting the bines down in late november, and adding a top dressing of cow manure in December.

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