From the HBD Archive
Subject: Hops
Date: 1992-05-22 20:40:00 GMT

Hop Growers

I live in Aurora "Waynes World" Illinois and have just planted Hallertauer
(hersbrucker), Saaz and Cascade cuttings just this week. I am being very
very careful in making sure that the sun does no scorch these delicate
plants and watering dutifully. I would like to know if anyone has a
recommendation of fertilizer or plant food that has proven itself to be
the key to successfully growing useable hops.

I have recently picked up a copy of the book by Beecher (or Beacher)
for homegrown hops and all of his recommendations are really local to
his Pacific Northwest location. Such as (not quoting directly) "plant
the cuttings or rhizomes in February or March at the latest." Well,
if I planted anything that early in the frost belt, it would be a brown
spindly-looking twig flapping in the breeze. My question is, what kind
of yield may I expect this year and will plants be able to survive the
harsh winters we get here during its first calendar year in northern
Illinois soil?

Your comments would be of great interest to me. Thank you.

Frank Dobner

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