I planted six varieties in early June. I had gotten starter plants and put them in pots until my raised garden and trellis were built at my new house. The hops to a while to adjust plus the intense heat wave in the east this summer, they were really slow to take off. However, the last 6 weeks or so, they have really taken off. The only one not doing well is the Willamette which started ok, appeared to be ready to die, but is slowly showing signs of life.
Anyway, I have 5 varietes that vary from 10-15’ tall in the first year. All have flowered and have actual hops. Chinook and Cascade appear almost ready to harvest. I won’t get a lot off of these plants, but probably enough to add to 1 or two batches in my first year, so I am pretty happy.
- At what point do they stop “producing”? Will these keep going into the fall, or do they shut off when temps get low at night? How low.
- Do I just let them die back or do I cut them back? If the latter, when?
- What do I have to do over the winter (I am in Maryland with moderate snow but potential cold)
- Any fall fertilizer or feeding necessary?
Sorry if these are noob hopper questions