KENTUCKY, MISSOURI, TENNESSEE
2011 is my first year for growing hops. I am located near Louisville KY which is at the 38th parallel. I planted five types of hops, Northern Brewer, Hallertauer, Centennial, Zeus and Mount Hood. The weather has been colder and wetter than normal and this has slowed the hops growth . We had record breaking floods and my hoop patch became a river for 3 days. This dented the growth who knows what was in all that run off. I thought about moving the plants but I have lived here 20 years and this has never happened before and it was the worst flood in 100 years. Once the plants grow more I will mound up around them to improve drainage.
The weather finally broke around May 8th and the hoops took off. All are over 2 feet tall except the centennial which is growing bushyer. I have put stakes up for now and the vines are growing up. I will keep a close look for pest also I marked the plants and made a map of the hop type and there location. I have had problems with tags fading and getting blown away so I store the maps on my computer and a hard copy in a folder. - Thanks Lee
I just received my shipment of hop rhizomes and I'm responding to the note included asking for feedback on results.
I'm in Northern Kentucky (the very tip, about 20 min south of Cincinnati OH) and last year I planted Nugget, Magnum, Crystal, Williamette, Cascade, Sterling and Chinook. Of them, Nugget, Crystal, Cascade, and Chinook did well. Magnum did produce, but poorly, and Sterling and Williamette simply stopped growing after getting about 2 feet off the ground (they didn't die, they simply stopped growing - Williamette even tried to flower). I had multiples of each variety and results were consistent within all varieties.
I'm looking forward to planting these Zeus, (more) Cascade and Fuggle as replacements to the varieties that didn't do so well. I'll try and remember to send updates at the end of the season.
And by the way, these rhizomes are beautiful and healthy looking!
I ordered some hop rhizomes from another source and they came with a piece of paper saying that they came from you!! I planted them less than a week ago and the Perle has shown it self and seems to be taking off and the Hallertauer has just poked out today!! I've attached a photo of the Perle! Thought you might like to see that the Rhizome from your farm has made it to Missouri and as of now is still alive and doing well!! Thanks again.
Just wanted to let you know how these rhizomes did here in Missouri.
The cascade did great its first year. Got quite a few hops out of it.
The northern Brewer grew well just no fruit this year. Guess next year will be better.
Enjoyed them very much!
Thanks! And I'll send another update next year (year 2) on their progress. - Elizabeth
...all the rhizomes looked good. - Tod