Rhizome cutting

Asked May 7, 2016, 1:23 PM EDT

When is it too late in the spring to cut Hop rhizomes from mature plants?

Outside United States

3 Responses

You did not specify your location - Here in the midwest US, Hops should be cut Feb-April and be planted the latest by May. Normally, hops are planted early in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked - at about the same time as early peas, and can tolerate freezes down to 20˚ F with a good straw mulch. Make sure you obtain only female rhizomes for planting. Rhizomes should be cut from the permanent rootstock called the mature crowns (at least three years old) that are well established and in full production. Most of the new plants’ energy will be put toward developing the new crown in its first year, and, for this reason, growth above ground will need to be limited. If it has already started to sprout, most of the sprout should be buried, with only the tip of the sprout protruding through the soil. Newly planted rhizomes require frequent watering. In most cases, a first year rhizome will only support the growth of two shoots (called bines). Cut back if more than that develop. You can find more information here:https://www.midwestsupplies.com/media/pdf-printouts/Growing_Hop_Rhizomes.pdf; https://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/HopRhizomes.pdf

Thanks Vicki, My girlfriend and I are growing in Mission , British Columbia. Richard.

Thanks Vicki, My girlfriend and I are growing in Mission , British Columbia. Richard.