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Old 10-22-2010, 07:51 PM   #1
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Could someone please help me with some tips and steps for preparing my hop garden for winter. My concern is that this was my first year growing and I'm not too confident in how deep or best I did planting the Rhizomes this spring.

My first year productions was a success so at least I know I did something right, now I want to make sure I protect my investment for years to come.

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Old 10-22-2010, 08:03 PM   #2
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Not much you can do except mulch them over the winter to protect the rhizomes.. I put 6-8 inches of straw around the rhizomes and remove it in March

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just cut them flush to the ground and mulch with 5-8 inches, i use chicken wire to form a cylinder around the hop mound and fill it with straw, the chicken wire holds in the straw so the wind doesn't blow it away in the winter here in the midwest

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Old 10-23-2010, 12:52 AM   #4
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I mulch heavy, but with very fine mulch. Next year you'll be fine.

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Old 10-23-2010, 04:39 PM   #5
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You will be fine just cutting them ground level and leaving them be. This has been my practice for over 5 years now and they keep coming back stronger every year. You can go with the mulch if you want(I don't bother) but remember that it is a good thing for the crown to get very cold. It goes dormant and comes back with more energy the following spring. Just my $.02.

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I bagged up a bunch of leaves and will be using them to cover my plants. I figure the bags will make it easier to clean up in the spring.

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Old 10-25-2010, 07:32 PM   #7
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Just last week, I added some yum-yum food, root stimulator, then put compost on top of that, and watered them, then I threw down a layer of straw. This was my first year as well. I had a mild success of 5/10 rhizomes actually living and climbing the ropes I hung for them. Of those 5, I was able to harvest off of 3 of them. Guess I'll be replanting my 2 Tettnang, 1 Willamette, and 2 Chinooks next spring.

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Hopefully this isn't too old of a thread to dig up.

I went to cut my (first year) hops flush the other day, and found new growth near the ground; the bines are starting to bud new offshoots. I'm wondering if that's a California thing and they won't go dormant because of the relatively high temperatures. For those in California, do you find that the hops don't go dormant like in other areas? What do you find works for you?

Also, what do you all do about ground moisture during dormancy? a) not worry, b) keep it moist, or c) water it like you do the rest of the year.

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I'm in IL, we've had a warm fall. My Chinoook, which is my super plant of all the hops I grow, has broken out of my heavily mulched winterization, and has growth about one foot to two feet in random directions.

I'm not saying this is right, but I have the rhizome crown well mulched and protected, so I'm over it. I've got other things to do than go back and keep trimming one plant. I've got leaves to rake, beer to make, vampires to stake.

I wouldn't worry much about it.

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Thanks. I'll do the same - cut them down and cover them. If they grow they grow, and I'll try to wrangle the growth in late Winter/early Spring, or cut them back again if they've gotten too unruly.

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