homegrown hops

vojvodina cones

vojvodina cones

Finally tried my hand at growing hops this year.  For those out of the loop, you can buy hop rhizomes and plant them (preferably in the ground, but also in pots).  I don’t have a backyard, so after reading this BYO article i went out and got myself 2 large (>5 gallon) pots, along with about 10 pounds of potting soil and 5 pounds of potting “mix,” which i mixed 75/25 respectively in both pots with some dry fertilizer. I then got some rhizomes at freshops (they sell great whole hops too) – note that rhizomes are sold seasonally (march/aprilish), and sell out quick.

  • i water almost every day, and fertilize with a liquid fertilizer once every 2 weeks.  they get about 6 hours of sun a day.
  • i have 2 varieties of hops planted – zeus and vojvodina.  the vojvodina is a lesser-known aroma hop variety, but i was told that it grew “vigorously.”  understatement of the century – the vojvodina took off immediately and is now over 25 feet tall with a ton of cones (see top photo).
  • after a couple weeks my zeus plant stopped growing, then withered.  i snipped off the 6 or so inches of growth and chalked it up as a loss. after a month or so, new shoots shot out and now the zeus is closing in on 15 feet.  this leads me to believe that some hops plants set a root bed before shooting up.  this was confirmed with fellow grower CB who had similar results with his plants.  some might spend their entire first year setting up a root system, so be patient.

although the cones are looking good, they are still green and wet, and don’t contain that much lupulin.  according to some reliable information, there is still a little time before harvest.  stay tuned!

hop pots

hop pots

flowers starting to show on the zeus

flowers starting to show on the zeus

vojvodina going bonkers up the twine

vojvodina going bonkers up the twine

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    […] my homegrown vojvodina hops appeared to be ready for harvest.  the cones were light and had a papery feel, and the cones […]

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    […] also took down the vojvodina vine on sunday, completing the cycle.  I felt bad stuffing it in the trash, but I knew it would be back […]

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    […] couple days ago my potted zeus hop plant seemed to be ready for […]

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    […] during the weekend I tended to my fresh hop plants – in addition to last years’ vojvodina and zeus, I picked up some chinook, cascade, mt hood, and sterling […]

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