Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Hops Growing > Hops & Frost Damage
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-28-2008, 03:08 PM   #1
drayman86
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Posts: 307
Liked 9 Times on 5 Posts

Default Hops & Frost Damage

Looks like we may be in for some frost warnings here in mid-Michigan this week. Last year's hop plants have already sprouted and are about 6" long.

Q: How frost resistant are hops? Should I cover them in the case of a frost/freeze warning?


drayman86 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 03:25 PM   #2
MrFebtober
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Greater Cincinnati area
Posts: 627
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I'm not an authority (this is my first year, too) but i think I read that the bines are suceptible to frost damage. However, as with most garden plants, putting a bucket or blanket over them the night before is adequate protection from the frost.

Can anyone back me up on this? This is all I did a couple weeks ago when we had frost warnings in Cincinnati when my hops were just breaking ground. They survived just fine and are just about to start climbing the twine!


__________________

Primary 1: Oktoberfest Lager
Primary 2: Apricot Wit
Primary 3: Christmas Warmer MkII
Primary 4: Apfelwein
Bottle conditioning: Vanilla Caramel Creme Ale
Bottle conditioning: Brain Spawn Saison
Bottle conditioning: Hot Shot Rye Red
On Tap 1: Barletariot Cream Ale
On Tap 2: Apfelwein
MrFebtober is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 03:26 PM   #3
GilaMinumBeer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
GilaMinumBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 52,136
Liked 5840 Times on 5079 Posts
Likes Given: 80

Default

Hops are pretty resilient but, it is ALWAYS best to cover plants in the event of a frost. At the very least it will protect the new shoots so the plant won't have to focus on re-creating them plus, by saving the shoots it'll get you that much closer to plant maturity for the season.
GilaMinumBeer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 04:10 PM   #4
DeadDoc
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 366
Default

cant relate to hops... i know whenever you have a frost or chance of you want to cover plants up. Most of the damage will be stopped by what you covered it up with. BTW if u get a real heavy front make sure the blanket isn't sitting on the plant itself, you can crush the plant with the extra weight of a heavy frost.
__________________

Insert Name Here Brew Club

Black Forest Brewery
My Keezer

Primary: Amarillo/Citra IRIPA
Secondary: - - -
Aging: - - -
Drinking: Witbier | 342 IPA | Hoppy Stout
Recently Kicked: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
DeadDoc is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 05:01 PM   #5
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,673
Liked 141 Times on 134 Posts

Default

We've had 5-6 days of frost and 4 days of snow since the hops sprouted. Of the eight plants, only the Mt. Hood is showing any damage. Just covering them with a bucket would help.

I have some tomato tents around here somewhere that I was going to use on the hops, but haven't been able to find them. They're two sheets of plastic welded into a set of tubes. You put them around the plant and fill the tubes with water. Holds the heat in overnight without interfering with the sunlight and you can leave them in place.
__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk
david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 05:05 PM   #6
karbinator
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: East coast, Virginia
Posts: 214
Likes Given: 1

Default

Man.... We're about to get hit with a possible hail
storm here in Va. today. I think frost would be the least
of my worries. My bines are a good 2' up the rope, and
still very delicate.
karbinator is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2008, 06:09 PM   #7
Homercidal
Licensed Sensual Massage Therapist.
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Homercidal's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Reed City, MI
Posts: 26,958
Liked 3459 Times on 2359 Posts
Likes Given: 2249

Default

I had some cascade the might have been damaged by frost, but more likely lack of water. In any case, I would cover at night. Better safe than sorry.
Homercidal is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2008, 02:14 PM   #8
Dextersmom
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: New Haven, CT
Posts: 346
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

whew my cascade survied hopefully the last frost.....it was barely frost, but enough to damage my green beans and cucumbers...but my raddish, peas, squash, lettuce and hops have seemed to survive....
Dextersmom is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2008, 07:17 PM   #9
Homercidal
Licensed Sensual Massage Therapist.
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Homercidal's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Reed City, MI
Posts: 26,958
Liked 3459 Times on 2359 Posts
Likes Given: 2249

Default

I think (hope) that's the end of the frost in Mid-Michigan.
Homercidal is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 08:44 PM   #10
cuinrearview
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Delton, MI
Posts: 1,174
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts

Default

Here in south-central MI I've never done anything to protect my ladies from frost. I've had the cascade in the ground for four seasons and have had a harvest every year. If some shoots die the roots will just send up more. As a bonus those will be hardier/stronger!!

That said first year growers probably should be more cautious. I'm remembering what it's like worrying about that gentle little shoot as it emerges as I anxiously await my first from each of the three rhizomes that I planted this year(I've already lifted them to check for growth). The good news is the fear of frost should be over here!


cuinrearview is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
hops - heat - damage sharpstick Recipes/Ingredients 1 08-25-2009 06:23 PM
Earwig damage to hops GonzoIllini Hops Growing 5 06-23-2009 05:29 PM
hops and frost question colinwollmann Hops Growing 3 10-22-2008 12:28 AM
Last frost? cheezydemon Hops Growing 13 03-28-2008 08:16 PM
After the last frost indeed kvh Other 6 04-07-2007 05:57 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS