From the HBD Archive
From: Pete Soper <soper@maxzilla.encore.com>
Subject: hop plant update
Date: 1990-05-16 21:27:53 GMT

Here is an update on my hop plants. These were all planted as
rhizomes around the middle of March except for the Saaz which
was put in a pot at the end of March and then moved to a permanent
spot at the beginning of April. The Nugget was given to me as a
cutting from a plant in a neighboring town, the Saaz came from Freshhops
and the rest are from Nichols Nursery. All plants are in very well
drained soil and have been watered generously since they were planted.

Plant Height Site

Cascade #1 13 feet Beside house with southern exposure - full sun
Cascade #2 9 feet Ditto
Nugget 6 feet Northwest corner of back yard - 1/2 shade
Willamette 6 feet Ditto
Tettnanger 4 feet Ditto
Saaz 1 foot Ditto but 3/4 shade

Since the trees in my back yard came into full leaf and shaded
plants 3-6 their growth rate has slowed down tremendously. In fact I
haven't seen any noticeable growth at all in the Saaz in the past month.
The Tettnanger's growth is just barely noticeable while the Willamette
and Nugget are growing at perhaps a foot a week.
Meanwhile my notes show that Cascade #1 has grown 7 feet in the past
13 days and at this rate it will run out of twine within a week and
start exploring the roof of the house. Except for finding and deporting
tiny caterpillers from the bottom of a few of the leaves I haven't
been bothered by insects yet. I have a Japanese beetle trap just itching
for action however :-) (These plants are growing in central North Carolina).
-Pete

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