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Update on Hops

Checking in on the hops found the growth to be quite impressive.  My chinook hops that I planted last year are looking quite healthy.  I feel that we should be able to get enough growth off of them to make a pretty good shade block on the south of the house.  I might even be able to get a few pounds of hops as well.

I have started the hops up some strings like most of the hop growing people suggest.  I have not pruned the plants back to two or three shoots per plant like most suggest.  I am not growing for hop production, but for shade.  If I get hops that I can use in my brewing that is just a bonus.

Growth on Chinook Hops
Growth on Chinook Hops

Chinook Detail
Chinook Detail

Avon Sprout
Avon Sprout
The hops that I gathered out of the wild just south of Avon are starting to peek up.  All five rhizome cuttings have come up.  I’m not sure what variety these hops are, but the cones that we found on the mother plant seemed to be quite strong with pine and citrus notes.  It will be interesting to see if they match any of the known varieties.

Avon Shoot
Avon Shoot

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