Well, not really a whole crop of hops. More like a dozen hop cones on my Nugget Hops. But I am optimistic for next year! I planted new rhizomes this year in a couple different places in my yard. In the spring I planted 2 Cascade, 2 Willamette, and 2 Northern Brewer hops varieties. Last year I had tried to grow in pots, and that didn't work well at all, so this year I put them in the ground.
Here is a picture of the planter I made for Willamette and Cascade:
Both Willamettes sprouted up within a couple weeks, then only one of the Cascades. Here is a closeup of the Willamette at about 4 weeks (in April).
Initially the Willamette got to about 6 feet then stalled out. The Cascade went to about 12 feet and stalled as well. I'm pretty sure that I over watered due to the heat, and got root rot. The leaves turned yellow then dried prematurely. But the Cascade is having a late summer resurgence with new side shoots. I think one other problem is that the stone I used to outline the planter gets real hot in the sun. I think it is just baking the hops. For next year, I may have to switch out the bricks with wood, or widen the planter so the hot bricks aren't right next to the hops.
In the front side yard, I originally planted a couple Northern Brewer hops, but they never sprouted. I dug them up and they were rotten. Again, I probably over watered. So I planted a Nugget rhizome in mid May and it really took off. I decreased the watering schedule a bit and added a drip to it. It seems to really like the Southern California heat because it is up to about 15 feet now, and I even got some hops cones. Not bad for the first year. Here is a picture of the Nugget hop that I have strung up to the top eaves of my house: