Man, there's some VERY nice hop gardens in this thread. Good on all of you guys.
I've finished my first hop harvest where I got 600 g (wet) flowers from a single first year Chinook rhizome. Put straight into a single-hop session IPA which should be ready in another couple of weeks. The smell on bottling day was absolutely superb! Should be a cracker.
I do have a question which hopefully some of you guys can answer...
I purchased two Chinook rhizomes and two Victoria rhizomes during last winter. The two Chinook zomes got planted in one raised bed (approx. 1000 mm x 600 mm), the two Victoria zomes in another identical sized bed. All four zomes sprouted around September/October last year however at the time I wasn't ready to set up stringing yet. I got some (probably poor) advice from somebody that I might as well cut the plants back to the ground to make the root systems toughen up and then the plants would come back in another month or twos time when I could string them up. I cut both Victoria's and one of the Chinooks back as suggested. They never came back so I ended up having just the single Chinook plant which luckily was very healthy with a good yield. I decided to dig up the Victoria zomes yesterday to see how dead they might be but they have disappeared. Haven't checked on the Chinook zome that didn't come back up yet.
I'm assuming at this point that the three zomes are dead and gone so I'll be looking out for some new ones in the next few months. Would I be correct in thinking this?
Cheers in advance