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Old 09-16-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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I have 1st year hops. I had a small harvest from my centennial and no cones on my nuggets.

What should I be doing now to prepare hops for winter and beyond?


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Old 09-16-2013, 06:02 PM   #2
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Once I harvest, I get the hell out as soon as possible. Sometimes I say I'm going to call. Usually I don't.

Seriously, though, I think you just want to mulch over the base of the plant and that's all you can do.


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Old 09-16-2013, 06:09 PM   #3
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I just picked my hops individually and the leafs appear green and reasonably healthy.

Do I need to cut back the vines or maybe let them keep trying to grow until 1st frost?
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:36 PM   #4
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I always let the plants go until frost gets 'em. Then I chop the bines off a couple of inches above the ground and haul 'em to the compost pile and bury the crowns under a few inches of leaf mulch for the winter...

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Use leaf mulch???
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Let em go till the frost so they store up much needed energy for the winter. Mulch well with whatever is on hand. I always burn my bines just in case they have any disease.
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I leave them up until the frosts ..they look good and they can store more energy ...but if you have established crowns you can take them down now or later - up to you.

When I do take the bines down, I compost ..but they go in a compost pile that isn't placed back on the hop mound. I do put a good heap of compost on the mound in the fall and then again in the spring. (we get a lot of rain around here)
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This is the thread I was looking for. Thanks. Leaving alone till first frost.

Mine are container hops. I am planning just to pull them in the garage, it gets down to the 50's over winter. Will probably give them some water to stay damp once in a while.
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it gets down to the 50's over winter.
Man I'm jealous. I easily get into the negatives up in the Catskills.
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Man I'm jealous. I easily get into the negatives up in the Catskills.
I have extremely poor insulation between house and garage. Otherwise I would expect 30's and have to worry about pipes.


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