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Old 07-09-2011, 06:14 PM   #1
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So this is my first year with growing hops and I can say so far it has been very enjoyable. All my plants seem to be doing pretty good. My Nuggets and Cascades have really taken off while my Chinnooks have been a little slower. Not to worried about that though as its year 1.

My questions is some of my nugget plants have growing pretty strong and are beggining to shoot out from half way up the vine (look at the attached pic). What should I be doing with these shoots? Should I cut them? Should I train them onto the vine? Or should I just let them be?

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Old 07-09-2011, 06:19 PM   #2
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Those side shoots will reach out and eventually climb if they find a rope or another vine, otherwise, I'd let them be. My first year I just let them grow without any trimming and this year I had hops shoots coming up everywhere.

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Them's called sidearms or laterals (depending on which side of the Mississippi you're on) and are where the hops actually form. Just let them go to do their job.

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Old 07-09-2011, 10:37 PM   #4
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B-Hoppy....As small time growers, what are your thoughts on removing any cones on first year plants ?

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Why not?

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I got about 6oz off of my 3 first year plants. Made a pale ale that was totally bittered,and dry hopped with them. No reason not to pick them.

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A first year hop plant (or any other perenial plant) wants to flower and set seed. This is what plants do. If you remove the cones/flowers before they set seed it diverts its energy into producing a stronger rhizome/root for next year. Yes, you will get a harvest from a first year plant, but if you remove the cones, before they set seed, you will get a much bigger crop in the following years.
Its the same for all perenial plants.

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Would this be true even if there are no males around to pollinate the girls? No males - no seeds. Just wondering.

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should still hold true. the same flower and cone was produces just not pollinated.

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. . . and no additional energy was expended because no seeds were produced?

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