You can see what I did in this hop planting blog post http://www.singingboysbrewing.com/Th...nting-the-hops
I bought the rhizomes from Glen Fuller at Rising Sun Farm - Glen is on HBT as Hopfarmer (if memory serves). He's an organic farmer who began growing hops a while ago - I bought some of his cascades last year (the hops, not the rhizomes) and they were outstanding. A link to his farm is on the post.
I planted 3 hills of cascades and 2 hills of willamettes. They all came up just fine, the willamettes never really thrived, always looked spindly and like they needed more water, but I watered them plenty, the same as the cascades. I trust that they were gathering strength this year and will come back better next spring.
The cascades went nuts - up the trellis, good strong growth, healthy looking leaves and bines, and a good number of cones.
Estate du Pappers is shaded with many trees, and finding sunlight is a challenge. So, we grew them along the two-story side of the house, which happens to face west. So, it gets lots of sun in the afternoon and early evening, but not so much sun in the morning. We ran twine from stakes in the hop hills to the 2nd story windows, as our trellis. I have pictures of the set up on the link above.
I had a little Japanese beetle problem, not really an infestation, but I sprayed an organic solution and picked off the little buggers by hand and after a couple of weeks, they went away.
I notice that the first year cascades do not smell as overwhelmingly cascade-like as the hops I buy. A member of my homebrew club told me that was normal, that both the flavor and aroma of first year hops is often muted. I figure I'll use them as late additions and dry hopping, in large quantities.
It was really fun this year, from the planning to the planting, the tending and the harvesting. We harvested twice - the first time on a ladder and the second time we cut the bines down. The picture of Rob above is from when we cut the bines down.