I'm in South Carolina and have two hills of Cascade, two years old. The bines climbed well and fast to the top of my trellis and I collected hops as they matured rather than in one harvest.
I stored my hops in one bag, so I know that I ended up with just 1.3 ounces dried.
...not even worth my effort.
As I understand that others in my area are able to harvest much more than this, I am wanting to ask for advice as to what I might do different to get more hops?
Here is my setup/technique:
- Hills are spaced about 5 feet apart, trellis is 10 feet tall
- Mounds are probably 8 inches in height, but I increase them as I can
- I use potting soil, compost, and composted manure
- I did not selectively cut out slower growing bines, but let them ALL grow up the twine.
My thought is to certainly build my hills up higher and to cut down the slower growing bines in Spring 2014, only allowing the strongest 3 or 4 from the rhyzome to climb. Do you think this will help, or did I just have an "off" year?
I'm about tempted to just cut these things out and use the space to grow more hot peppers, as this has been very disappointing! ...I mean, what can you really
do with an ounce of hops?