This year, after having a wonderful early spring with sun and warmth a plenty, Mother Nature decided to be a real dick for about 5 weeks. With cool temperatures and more rain than i knew what to to with, all my my hop plants died. Or so I thought. After a good amount of care, fertilizing, and pruning of dead leaves, my hop plants have recovered, starting to grow once more. Hopefully I can still get some harvest out of my two second year hops, but the first year are really struggling. Here are some pics:
With a warm winter, I am already having my hop plants come to life! My second year Nugget is growing very quickly and the Goldings (2nd year) is growing nicely. I also picked up some Willamette and Sterling. I’m planning on having a great shady spot underneath the hops to relax in this summer. Here are some pics
two weeks later:
and now the Nugget
This is a tremendous difference from last year, which didn’t see sprouts until may/june. I’m thanking a warm winter and a pleasant conversation about being happy hops every morning.