|The Willamettes, vigorous already in the early spring.|
My space for this venture is very constrained in the back yard - we have a postage stamp of a suburban space here in Alexandria, and the whole cleared space back there may be twice the size of the area Dan has under cultivation. So I decided to keep my plants in pots, easily movable if I figured out a better arrangement for the situation - or in case I failed.
I had aspired to grow Cascade and Willamette hops, since I had seen that those varietals do well in the area. I would plant two rhizomes in each post to ensure that I would have a survivor of each one. When I went to order, however, I found that they were sold out of Cascade, and substituted UK Goldings.
|The UK Goldings in their spacious new pot.|
The Goldings, on the other hand, performed better than I expected. There were even cones on those plants come harvest time - about two dozen. Not enough to do anything with, but still, product!
I bought a second pair of Goldings rhizomes, and I transplanted both of the existing plants into new, larger pots last week. I found that there were roots that had escaped the plants and made their way into the flower beds - not entirely unexpected, because in my readings about hopyards I found that you plan at least a 4x4 hill for each plant. I was fairly brutal in pruning these roots back for the transplanting, and hope I did not do any lasting damage.
I'll post a series on these hops over the course of the growing season, with a next post to describe the trellis system I am trying out for the Goldings this year. That's all for now though!