Its been well over a month since my last update. Sorry it took so long but life (or in this case death) sometimes gets in the way. My hops are all doing great with the exception of the Galena. That one seems to be taking its sweet time in growing. That’s OK though, I have a LOT of Galena in the freezer from a bulk buy I did earlier this year. Also since it’s a first year hop, I really shouldn’t expect massive growth as it establishes it’s root system. Of course if I shouldn’t see massive growth until the second or third year, then I’m almost afraid of how much growth I’ll get from the Cascade and the Ultra hops since for a first year hop they’re doing GREAT!.
These pictures were taken on May 23rd. They were taken with the intention of making a post showing how much they had grown since the last update at the end of April. Sadly it never happened and now they’re being dumped into here. As you can see in the pics below, they grew a good bit since the end of April and have started climbing the line nicely. Please note, I didn’t train these at all, they all just sort of fell over onto the lines and started climbing like good little hop plants
The Ultra hops have grown up the line by May 23 2012 to a height of about 4 feet from the ground. The top of the lines are attached to the overhang of my roof and accessible from the upper porch/deck (will make it EASY to harvest). The Cascade and Galena went into the ground about 2-3 weeks after the Ultra and are of course growing a little slower as seen in the picture of the Galena shown to the left.
Now we’ll fast forward from May 23 2012 to June 9 2012 and you can see that the hops are growing much faster now. The Ultra’s are still in the lead not only in the number of bines but the height of the bines. They are also starting to establish laterals and some burs are seen forming as well. These pics were taken looking down from the upper deck and can be a little deceiving in the height of the plants. Currently they are about 15 feet from tip to ground.
The Cascade bines are also doing great and are currently about 9-10 feet in length with multiple bines running up the line. The Galena like I said earlier are growing sloooooowly and are currently only about 3 feet in length and almost not noticeable at all in the pic (left side follow the string down to the ground). There’s still plenty of time left in the growing season and I’m sure they’ll start to take off sooner or later. If they don’t there’s always next year to look forward too.
There’s the update albeit long over due. I’ll start thinking of how I plan to dry the hops once I harvest them and get that in place while I wait for the harvest. I’ll update again at the end of the month if I can, if not then I’ll update again in July!