is this time of year normal to see cones developing? or is this early due to our crappy weather so far this summer?
I have a Hallertau Tradition plant in it's second year in the ground...
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All 2nd yr plants, last year I got 7 small cones off of one of the Chinook plants. This year was weird, Chinooks were first out of the dirt, and seemed to be growing fast, the Fuggles however picked up pace and raced past the Chinook and the Golding, however all plants look to be forming cones now. Don't know how much I will get off of them this year, but so far looking better than last year! LOL
oro wrote:do you find the cones continue forming for a while harvesting them in stages? meaning you may start in August but finish in late Sept with the last harvest?
I've always cut down the hops to harvest, but I'm going to try a "phased" harvest this year. I may start this weekend; my cascade cones are looking good.
Great photo Fred,you will get the most and best cones harvesting in stages,doesnt work for me though,my plants are 18 feet high so i just cut the bines at 5 feet and coil the bines on the ground until it starts to get cold.
We had an early spring as well and my hops are flowering,no real cones to speak of yet,drought conditions here on the west coast have probably played a roll in the growth of the plants this year too.
A lot of lower leaves are turning yellow from what may be called chloranosis from too much city water as its been so dry, i may have to set up a carbon water filter for next year and see if it helps.
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