Growing Hops In. . .

CONNECTICUT, MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW HAMPSHIRE, RHODE ISLAND & VERMONT

CONNECTICUT
(2012) Hops in Connecticut grow like weeds, they did amazingly well.  I planted 6 rooted cuttings and 4 rhizomes, both did exceptional.  I got no cone production this year, but four to five 10 foot vines on the rooted cuttings, and three or four 10 foot vines on the rhizomes.
I used a mixture of llama manure and cow manure for fertilizer, and did nothing else to them all season but water them.  I carefully dug down to check on the root ball recently, and all of them are sporting MASSIVE root systems (probably at the sake of vegetative growth, but I would rather have healthy roots already in the ground for Spring!!!)  I am looking forward to what will likely be a full-blown hop explosion next season. - Jarrod

***Update from Jarrod: (2014) They grew like weeds. Second season, I used emu manure for fertilizer, built a trellis, and I cut off all bines but the three strongest for each cutting. It took a season for them to get established (the first season in which I did nothing but plant and fertilize them to get a nice, big root ball) and then a second season for them to fully shine. So even here in balmy New England, I couldn't get them to stop! The Kent's and pride of ringwood were the best. Fuggles were a bit trickier, and tended to not be as large or fruitful.

Southeast Connecticut, 25 miles north of Long Island Sound
I ordered hop rhizomes from the Thyme Garden.  I received the rhizomes on 3/23/11 and planted them 3/26/11.  The weather the following week was very cold with a few light snow falls and temp's in the 20's at night and in the upper 30's to low 40's during the day.  I was a little worried that I planted them too early. However, these photo's show that they are doing fine. The 4 varieties that I ordered were Northern Brewer, Centennial, Fuggle, and Willamette.  I have recently noticed small caterpiller's on the leaves of the plants. They are eating into the leaves and I have had to squash them. Being an organic gardener, I have resorted to safe sprays to assist in eradicating these pests. Hopefully, the results will be positive. I live in the south east part of CT about 25 miles north of Long Island sound.  The weather is very cool right now and wet.  I will send another post later in the season in order to update you with what is happening with the rhizomes.  Cheers.

MAINE
Rockland, ME
Salutations to you  at Thyme Garden:
  I  just want to let you know  first of all  that  I was  glad to receive  the hops order  even after it was  sold out. I have planted them and they looked in great shape  (1 of each Fuggle and Sterling). My first  hop plant came from a local nursery it is a Nugget. It is planted at the corner of my back deck  and very  fast   growing .It makes a wonderful  shade cover  for our  “screen house”.  The  Missus asked me to  plant more it  so will shade the whole thing. 
We now have 4 different varieties Nugget, Fuggle, Sterling and  Mt.Hood  two will be trained to   the  dog kennel  fence and  two  to the screen house. I think I composted more hops than I  kept   ,but that is good too...it still makes good beer.  
 As you can see in the picture hops growing in Maine is quite good. I live in Rockland  on the coast  of Maine , midway  between  New Hampshire  and the Canadian  border.  We have a fair amount of moisture (fog) and decently cool days mostly in the 70’s on average throughout the summer. Thank you all for your wonderful  work.

Orono, ME
I was cleaning my kitchen and found the note that came with my hops rhizomes earlier this season about how they are growing, so I thought I'd pass that info on. I planted three varieties: Chinook, Crystal, and Kent Golding.  They are planted next to a rocky stream by my house.  The Kent Golding showed the most vigor when they first started, but recently the Chinook has taken off!  It's already outgrown the temporary trellis we put it on for this season and it's starting to take over a small maple tree (which is actually quite amusing to see).  They all seem to be quite happy and I look forward to getting a few more varieties for my beer brewing friends over the next few years. ~Francie

MASSACHUSETTS

North Attleboro

For the past years I am growing hops as I brew 12 gallons every 3 weeks at Barleycorn.com in Natick Mass. It started out as a hobby and for giggles I tried this many years ago, about 6 or 7 years going strong.

What I did find out was potting was an option on the deck in most sun. Wooden ones worked well, plastic NG, ceramic NG. Basically what does work well is baskets made out of twine/sticks with a plastic bag put in as a liner with some holes at the bottom and a few rocks for drainage. When it does get cold or a frost may occur, I bring them inside and always around this time of year works best to start the rhizomes. They were big ones this year from you guys. I sit them on the deck which is wood and watch them grow, some rocks under the planters, as the deck does get extremely hot and temp has killed some of them,  some miracle grow along the way and I use miracle grow potting soil. Do they take off. Some years I get some buds. Last year I got an ounce of them and they do work with beer so well.
Around October, I pack them up and transplant them in a friends yard, big yard next to a large garage in direct sunlight and they get over 30 feet tall. Others that I plant, which is in some sunlight don't take off as well, they do OK, but that sun is so important in the northeast.
This year, the transplants are already 4 inches and lots of them are all over the place. Sunlight is so important as what we see.
We grow magnum, centennial, Columbus doesn't do well.

I was married 15 years and after 10 years of just me and the boys, I added a tap on my counter with a freezerless refrigerater under in the basement to hold many kegs. I brew big Dave's IPA and that's my story.In this place, the boys rule, the women drill and the tap stays. -David


VERMONT

Addsion
My farm is Organically certified and that has lead to issues with downey mildew.  It has been bad enough that I have stopped growing Centennial and Columbus all together.  I have had mild mildew problems in my Brewer's Gold and Cascade but they are some of my best hop producers and I have been able to keep them healthy.  The Newport has done very well and does not have disease issues.  I have stopped growing Perle just because it is not producing well in my heavy clay soil. Kris

North Attleboro
I wanted to update you on how Thyme Garden hops are doing in Vermont.  I have very heavy clay soil here in the Champlain Valley, but despite the constant rain this spring the 2011 planted hops are doing very well.  A few areas were so wet that they did not make it, but even in wet areas most are doing at least o.k. and many are thriving.  The Cascade, Centennial, Magnum, Newport, and Zeus are doing particularly well.  The Perle, Brewer's Gold and Pride of Ringwood are doing fine.  The 2010 planted hops are doing extremely well with Cascade, Centennial, Pride of Ringwood, Golding, Magnum, Zeus, Perle, Fuggle doing best. - Kris