2010 Hop Sprouts UpdateBy
Second year hops – hop sprout update. My last post was April 8, 2010 and I had uncovered my hop sprouts because they were pushing up from under the leaf mulch. I was waiting as long as I could because I am in zone 4 and frost free nights are over a month away. That night:
The bottom right hand corner of the above pic shows the outside temperature of 27.9 degrees fahrenheit, far enough below freezing to kill many plants. They survived, no problem! Hops are very hardy and established hop plants will survive. I have friends that have lost newly planted hop rhizomes to freezing so I was a bit concerned – not to worry. They went from albino buried hop sprouts to healthy hop bines. Here are my Magnum hop sprouts (now hop bines), about 10 inches tall April 17, 2010.
Newly planted hop rhizome sprouts may be susceptible to freezing temps, not established second year hops. At this rate, I am going to have an awesome harvest. Barring a hard freeze, these hop bines will thrive! I love growing hops!