The hops have started to arrive!
After another non-summer, I wasn’t expecting much from my 5 plants. During a brief heatwave in May, they were looking ebulient. This year is the year, I thought to myself. Since then, we’ve had slightly above average temperatures but massive amounts of rain. Some powdery mildew developed, along with some downey mildew on the Fuggle.
July and onwards, after taking care of the mildew, many of the leaves look on a brown discolouration. I have no idea what this is, possibly some nutrient deficiency, but it has been persistant year on year. I’m right on the outer cusp of the prime hop growing latitude (55.67, roughly the same as Moscow). Nevertheless, it is a fun experiment.
I’ve heard they grow hops in the Clyde Valley a few miles from where I am, which probably has a more favourable microclimate. I may take a drive out there at some point to see if I can take a few cuttings and maybe pick up a few tips.