The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Hops Growing > Watering Disagreement...

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-09-2010, 03:53 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 291
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default Watering Disagreement...

My dad decided to turn the sprinklers on today for the first time all season. Of course, my hops are now directly in the path of two sprinklers, one of which is only about 3 ft from my hops, hitting them with a little bit of pressure. I told my dad that getting water on the leaves (I've read) can burn the hops when hit by direct strong sunlight, and he keeps promising me (despite not knowing anything about hops) that it wont hurt them.

So do I have a problem here, or should I not worry about the water?


Primary: Empty
Secondary: Empty
Bottled: Christmas Ale
Conditioning: Nothing
On Deck: Oktoberfest/Summer Ale
In The Garden: 2nd year Cascades

bosox is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2010, 04:10 PM   #2
Damn right I got da brews
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Randar's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Wheeling, IL
Posts: 28,313
Liked 4576 Times on 4482 Posts
Likes Given: 1967


If you aren't in a desperately dry climate, you should only water in the early morning hours or in the afternoon/evening after the intensity of the sun dissipates. Tell him that any hourly landscaping guy could tell you that! :-)

Randar is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2010, 04:20 PM   #3
In yo' garage, steelin' yo parts.
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
GilaMinumBeer's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Oblivion
Posts: 46,864
Liked 4604 Times on 4299 Posts
Likes Given: 55


Even degree'd horticulturists and master gardeners debate this.

The safest approach is to water only in the early mornings allowing ample time for water to dry before sunlight, or worse, nightfall arrives. Thus mitigating chances of sunspotting (where the droplets create a lens like a magnifying glass and burns the leaves) or mold/mildew/disease growth.

But, other argue that the hottest part of the day is when plants need the water most and can often be stressed more if not watered at this time.

However the plain truth is that for all but those akin to bogs, 1 Inch of water a week is ample excepting only the hottest and dryest of regions.

My advice is to practice this on your hops and your lawn. Provide supplemental in-between watering only when or if the plants show sign of need. 1" a week will make for a healthier, deeper grown root system.

GilaMinumBeer is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hops watering,second yr. beer_master Hops Growing 5 04-06-2010 09:45 PM
Watering Rhizomes 1stTimer Hops Growing 3 04-06-2009 05:46 PM
winter watering s50///mpower Hops Growing 9 10-02-2008 06:59 PM
under watering? o- rang Hops Growing 2 08-04-2008 05:33 PM
watering hops ben the brewman Hops Growing 10 05-16-2008 05:23 AM