Prior to prohibition, Central New York was the hop capital of the world.  With the craft beer boom there has been a recent upswing in the demand for local hops.  In the summer of 2012 I decided to try my hand at growing hops.  Typically hop plants are grown from rhizomes which are a piece of the rootstock of another hop plant.   I ordered 6 plants through Niko Brew , 3 centennial and 3 cascade rhizomes.  Rhizomes are normally only available for a few weeks in Feb/Mar.  The rhizomes should be planted after the threat of frost which in CNY it seems as though that can last into AugustI!  I took a chance and planted on May 17.  I didn’t exactly know what I was doing other than digging holes approximately 3 feet apart and a few inches deep, dropping a rhizome in each hole.  You do need to allow for more space between varieties so I allowed for about 10 feet between the centennial and cascade varieties.  After planting the rhizomes I mounded some dirt over them and began watering.

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Daddy can always use a helping hand!

Daddy can always use a helping hand!

 

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