posted on May, 4 2013 @ 04:30 PM
Woohoo hops thread!
I've been growing mine for years now.
Many years ago I got a rhizome that was past prime and was going to be thrown away.
I gave it a home by dipping it in growth powder and wrapped in a wet paper towel for a few days.
It then went into the ground on the south side of my home.
It grows up a 5 foot trellis and hangs back down. I save the hops in a baggie in the freezer for brewing.
The only thing is that Japanese beetles devour the leaves if not treated often enough. Also bees tend to enjoy the trellis so I need to be careful
sticking my hand in there.
Every year the plant returns thicker than the previous year and I find that I have to cut them back a lot.
Some time I will split the plant up and replant elsewhere, because of it's aggressive growth.
I once tried looking up the type, I was told it was cascades but have not confirmed it yet. In any case, the hops get used often as a flavoring hops
at the end of the boil. I'd be willing to barter hops for grains.