Growing Hops In. . .

DELAWARE, MARYLAND,  NORTH CAROLINA,
NEW JERSEY & VIRGINIA

DELAWARE
Newark
According to the Farmers Almanac, we are considered region 2 the Atlantic Corridor, which basically extends from Richmond Virginia to Boston. Last year I planted your cascade and centennial hops in great soil on the south side of my house up a trellis and string, where they get blasted with sun all day long. I planted them a couple days after receiving them the first week in April during frequent rain. I watered them weekly for a month and a half, and then not again until late summer following a dry spell lasting over a month. Both did fine. I even harvested close to 5 oz dried. The centenials came back a little over a week ago, while the cascades just emerged yesterday. They were used for dry hopping and it tasted great! Hope this helps and thanks again for the hops! - Bill
Wilmington
(2014) Hello from Wilmington, DE where I'm at 39.7458°N. Here's how my hops plants are doing.
My 2nd year Chinook emerged about a week ago and is now 18” high. During it's first year it only put out two rather scraggly vines. I discovered this Spring that what it had done was develop a very healthy root system. This year, I also planted a Nugget which is now 5” tall, and a Sunbeam which is 3” tall already.  I'm looking forward to some fresh hops this year!
***Upgate from Randy: (2014) Two did great!  I harvested ~4 ounces dry weight each of Chinook and Nugget.
 

MARYLAND
Baltimore, MD
Good evening. I noticed you were asking for feedback on the hops. I ordered three varieties: Cascade, Fuggle, and Nugget. All the rhizomes, except one Cascade (due to erroneous planting, I'm sure, confusing horizontal and vertical, not that I don't know the difference but I misread how the shoots and the actual root needed to be set) have been doing good as you can see in the pictures.

  Starting to get a little budding action, but I really don't expect these to really flower until at least next year. This year, I really wanted to just see if these could survive. Now I know with proper cultivation, hops in Baltimore City can thrive!
  I homebrew, but considering the space limitations in my front yard, where we have a decent garden going, I plan to make some space in our back yard for a more exaggerated growth of hops to produce enough for brewing. The front yard yield may be just enough to do some small batches and also help me find additional creative ways to use hops. I may be a hophead when it comes to beer, but I love the aroma, and often the individual taste, of the hops all on their own.
  We have many local breweries popping up in town and I believe some are starting to use hops grown in Maryland, mostly from Western Maryland. But in the interest of local sustainability, I hope that the Baltimore hops continue to thrive and maybe some day are part of the burgeoning Baltimore brew-ganza.

Your rhizomes did great, and I plan to pre-order more for next year.

Slainte! Doug

Cascade Fuggle Nugget

NORTH CAROLINA
Southern Coastal, NC
This is my first time growing hops, so I took a wild guess on varieties that would grow in my area. I live in southern coastal NC zone 8. The summers are painfully hot with high humidity and the rain can be really heavy or completely absent for long periods. I planted the chinook and cascade varieties. The cascade started out strong and looked like it would do really well but in the heat of the summer the plants both got a serious case of spider mites.  The cascade really did not tolerate this well, but the chinook kept going strong despite the little buggers. I made sure to bottom water to avoid fungal issues which did not arise though made for perfect conditions for the spider mites.  I also had more hops harvest from the chinook than the cascade, of course year two may be another story.

Star, NC
Last year (2011) I ordered 6 rhizomes—I planted them in fairly dense clay soil mixed at about ½ and ½ with really nice compost.  Hills are about 10” tall, 5’ long with two rhizomes in each hill.  I planted them horizontally as opposed to vertical—I guess I misunderstood.  In any case, the shoots were up in a matter of days.  They all reached the top wire which is 14’ high.  They kept going and some hung down about 5-6 more feet.  When I saw cones I side dressed with tossed composted manure.  At the end of the season I covered with mulch.  

Cascade and Chinook did the best with about 2 oz hops per vine.  Chinook hops were pretty big, like 1.5” long.  Mt Hood took third place but with smaller cones.  Then was Goldings which didn’t produce much.  Perle was fairly week, only a handful of hops. Northern brewer didn’t grow much but was planted late in the season so I would reserve judgment.  So far this year (2012), Perle shot up a week ago and is now almost 3 feet tall.  Cascade has put out about 40 shoots per crown and two of them are about 2ft tall.  All others are showing shoots as of the end of last week.  If you remind me, I’ll let you know how my second season goes with the weaker performers.    

I just ordered 6 more varieties from you and look forward to seeing them go!  Thank you!

Wilmington, NC
Rolfe,

Hello, my name is Joe and I live in the southeastern part of the US. I wanted to write and let you guys know how happy I am with my hop experience. I have only been brewing about two years now and a friend helped me start growing my own hops. I actually have not used fresh whole leaf hops yet but the time has come for me to try them. You asked if we, the customer, would be willing to share our experiences.  Below is my experience and I am fine with you sharing. 

I live in Wilmington, NC and I bought two Zeus rhizomes from you back in the latter part of March. I bought these based on research by NC agriculture, who noted it one the best five grown in my area.  My first impression was that these were really healthy hops rhizomes, one, in which, already had eyes on it.  I planted mine along side my home which receives morning sun and some afternoon shading.  I planted mine with a mixture of potting soil, black cow, mulch and some local sand.  I try to water them once a day with Miracle Grow but let the rainy days keep me at bay.  I have sent pictures of the bines.  If you will note the healthier one on the right. It has taken a bit longer than Cascade or my Magnum to blossom but it has really put out. The hops are big and have exceeded my expectations in both size and quality.

Thank you, Joe

VIRGINIA
Mid North Region
We bought Hop Rhizomes from you last year and wanted to let you know how they are doing.  We planted Cascade, Centennial, Magnum, Sterling and Willamette.  The Cascade and Centennial did well for the first year, the others grew but were not as active.  Sterling struggled the most.  To prevent the Downy mildew problem and other disease issues I did spray them with Gardens Alive, Surround and it did seem to help.  We know of another person who is growing Cascade and Centennial in the Richmond area and his are doing very well.  We are in the mid north region of Virginia. 
Will let you know how they do next year! -Dori 


Northwestern Virginia, East of the Shenandoah Mountains

Hi Rolfe,
I have been meaning to respond to your request for information on how your hops grow in different parts of the country. Today, I rediscovered the slip of paper packed with my hops from March 2012. Here goes:
I live in rural northwestern Virginia east of the Shenandoah Mountains - the winters are relatively mild and the summers are hot and humid.
In 2012, I planted a number of rooted hops.  The stand-outs in terms of growth and production were the Cascade, Centennial and Nugget hops, although everything grew really well. I actually got about 3 lbs (wet weight) of Cascade hops in the first year of growth!  I had a few problems with mineral deficiency in the soil, but had nearly no problems with either mildew or insects.  Working in the garden today (late February 2013), I noticed a lot of fairly extensive root growth at 1 foot from the crown.  Although all the crowns are dormant right now, the winter has been usually mild (total snow <10 inches this season) and I expect budding in the next few weeks.  Looking forward to a productive year. I am extremely satisfied with your plants and am currently waiting on a few more plants I ordered from Thyme Garden to fill in the gaps in my hopyard.
Best,
David 

Lancaster, VA

Rolfe

You asked to know how your hops do, so here’s a picture of the nugget I planted on April 9 here in Lancaster, VA 22503.
It’s been a very mild winter here and I was able to start plating early. I’ll give you an update at the end of the season.
 
Bob

More Virginia. . .
Greetings,
I wanted to give you an update on hops I've planted from your rhizomes shipped in late March. . .I planted the hops (Chinook, Golding, Cascade) on the southwest side of my house along my deck about mid-April.  They get about 8 hours or so of good sun and are when well prepared and drained soil.
The chinook hops have reached OVER 11 FEET tall already and have gone over the top of the twine and top of my pergola.  The Cascade hops are close behind and the Goldings, well they are a bit slower.
Thanks and have a wonderful weekend
Mike 

Galax, Virginia
Hi, i wanted to give you an update on the hops i grew this past year.  Cascade did the best with 4 out of 4 plants growing approximately 8 to 10 feet.  4 out of 4 Nugget did ok but had growth of about 4 feet on average.  I only had 2 of the 4 sterling plants grow more than just sprouting and those only grew about a foot apiece.  I live in galax, virginia, 24333.  I will keep you updated on the 2nd year growth… Thank you so much and have a great year - Brian