I am pleased to announce that I planted some hops in my back yard, and one of them is doing exceptionally well.
I am pretty sure the huge plant is a Chinook variety and the other is a Cascade. My Mt. Hood died. So I have something eating my leaves. What is it? Any ideas? See picture below. I see some tiny little fruit fly looking flies that have
When will the cones taste/smell hoppy? I have pulled one off, it virtually had no smell, and when I ate it, it tasted like a leaf of lettuce. But not acidic/skunky at all.
Here is how I did it:
Extended my irrigation line that waters the other plants in the potter, turned on the watering 3 times a day for 15 minutes.
I planted in April ( I think), and at the base of the root, I put a piece of rebar in the ground. I then used steel rebar tie wire to tie a line from the ground to a screw in the fence about 5 feet up on the back wall.
They took off right away, and so I extended a piece of steel wire as high as I could reach with my crummy step ladder. I also had an old wooden trellis (I dont think its called that, but anyway) from a previous area in my yard and screwed it to the back wall, and then started training the vine onto it.
I did not clip or trim my plants in any way.
Do you think I will get a good yield? Also, when will the hops be ready for harvest? I can see a ton of cones and since it just rained here, the plant is looking better than ever.
Oh, and by the way, it is in a spot that gets about 6-7 hours of direct AZ sun a day.
Any input is appreciated!
Sorry, I am too lazy to re-upload the first photo. Just turn your head to the side. :-)