I’m sure you’ve been closely following the progress of #MyLittleHopGarden, so you’ll know that our precious little (but growing out of control) hop plants need a proper home, with the support structure that they need.
How would you like to build us a hop support frame?
What we need:
In an ideal world, we would love to turn the soil and plant our hops. The reality is that our Onehunga ‘soil’ mostly comprises of gravel, rusty nuts and bolts and probably an impressive array of chemicals. Our hops are staying in their pots.
About the beer:
Loral is a brand new hop release from the US, previously know as HBC291. Of noble heritage, it straddles the fence between old and new world hop aromatics. We felt the characteristics of this hop would be best showcased in a lager style.
With a traditional malt base of German Pilsner malt, it leaves a clean malt cushion in the background, with a pleasant floral citrus and slightly herbal aroma, and a noble hop flavour and balanced clean bitter finish.
NZ Wide from mid-November 2016 in keg and 500ml bottles. Any updates will be posted here.
On Friday 3 March, we finally harvested #MyLittleHopGarden. Here’s how the day went:
It’s not over, however… Now we have to decide what to do with the hops!
Hop harvest time is in our sights!
After over a day of persistent rain…
They hops’ aroma has started to change from ultra-green celery like to what we’d expect from hops. We were considering harvesting the hops this week, but we’ll have to wait for them to dry out a bit now.
We clearly didn’t need to pull out the watering can today…
The time to harvest these little beauties is getting closer and closer – we’ll then have to decide what to do with them (putting them in a beer would make most sense, right?). Stay tuned.
It’s really been quite the journey for #MyLittleHopGarden. In spite of a bout of dreadful weather and relentless sou’westers, we’ve finally had a week or so of weather that the hops love: Lots of sun, no wind. It won’t be long until we’ll harvest the hops, we’re looking forward to them developing some sweet hop aromas.
This is a thing of great beauty!
So a lot has happened over the holiday break. It seems that this summer has been quite windy, which as discussed before, does not make hops happy.
Nonetheless, our first hop flowers have developed. Most are still at the “burr” stage, but here are some of the flowers that we have so far:
looking good, eh?
Perhaps the last update until after Christmas. The leading plants have grown about two feet since day 48 – the result of some beautiful sunny days!
Let’s have more of this sunshine! The hops have had a real beating from the wind lately, and they clearly don’t like it. It really is incredible to see how much they grow in one day when the conditions are right.
After a relatively slow growing week (hops hate wind and lack of sunshine), the hops boosted over the sunny weekend. We are going to have to figure out what we’re going to with our scales – these hops are getting up there…
They are over 6 feet high! The leaves and stems have started to get bigger too. They are clearly liking the fertiliser they were given.
The “Ed Scale” is introduced to track the growth of the hops. How long will this be sustainable?!
Check it out – our hop plants are boosting! As you can see, they are starting to grow leaves now, so they’re growth is going to be even faster from now on. Photosynthesis is our friend!
We hope you’re enjoying watching them grow as much as we are.
And they’re off! It’s pretty cool to see the difference that one day makes. All four hop plants have now emerged!
Hop plant 1
Hop plant 2
Hop plant 3
Hop plant 4
The heavy rain showers and sunny weekend clearly paid off for our hops. Check it out – three of the four plants have sprouted!
A few people have asked what we’re feeding them. They are growing in roses mix, which is meant to be best for growing hops in pots. Now that they’ve sprouted they’ll grow like crazy, so we’ll have to sort out their new home under a support structure. We may be looking for some help with building this – stay tuned.
No watering required – plenty of fresh Auckland cloud juice today.
We’ve got our hands on some New Zealand hop rhizomes! We’re not sure of the variety yet, we’ll let you know as soon as we find out. We’ll be following their progress and keep posting updates for you here.
At this stage, we’ve just put the rhizomes into pots in a sunny sheltered spot. We’ll build a frame to suspend the hop bines in a spot that gets optimal sunlight.
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