By Dave Squires
method of growing hops is simple. Use
lots of water, Miracle Grow, and composted cow manure mulch.
Here are the steps after the
first year to get the rhizomes established. The second year is when you
get the super growth. So this is the second year procedure.
in some 12 foot to 16 foot 2x4s from the local lumber yard either as
an A frame or straight up on a solidly planted fence post.
¼ inch rope of some kind between the tall posts. Then tie vertical
stringers down to the ground and tie off on plastic tent pegs or
wood stakes next the hop shoots in the spring. Hop shoots should be
about a foot high by then.
the shoots to start up the rope. Once they get going look out! They
can grow 3 inches a day.
some bags of composted manure from Walmart and put it around the hop
vines as a mulch. Make it about 6 inches deep and a foot or more out
away from the main vines where they come out of the ground.
every day or every other day and once a week use Miracle Grow mixed
in a 5 gallon bucket of water. Use about a cup of Miracle grow each
time and dissolve it in the water first. Then pour it around each
doing this through the summer and you will have massive hop vines
and a lot of hop cones in late August.
Keep training all new shoots to
climb up the ropes. Hang
more ropes on the main cross rope if you like for individual vines.
The main thing is to water the heck out of them as they grow
really fast and up to 25 feet long.
Keep the water going until the hop cones mature.
My second year, I got about 2
pounds of dried hops from 6 plants. Next year ought to be a huge harvest
because they are really established now. I expect it to be 2 to 4 times
as much next year.