Winterizing the hop bines
Back on 10/30/11, I decided it was finally time to take down my hop bines for the year. I did a little research on how to prep them for winter and in an effort to be able to cut rhizomes for friends in the spring. Since there seems to be a lot of conflicting information out there on how to best go about cutting rhizomes, I took all the most common threads and combined them to create an action plan.
I cut my bines down to roughly 6-12″ from the ground, dug small trenches for the above-ground sections and buried them as best I could. I set a brick on top of each of the buried bines to get them to stay under the soil without having to bend them at too harsh an angle. Then I took leaves I’d raked and piled them 6″ over the buried bines, finally covering the leaves with burlap and securing everything with another brick or two. And now, we play the waiting game until March/April.
I can see on most of the bines where the little red rhizome nubs are already trying to get started. The cold weather will cease all progress very soon if not having done so already. The nubs should be visible in the pictures below: