Cutting/Pruning 2nd Year Cascade
I have a Cascade plant, second year of growth. Shoots are coming up, as you can see in the picture below. I've read that only 4-6 of the bines should be allowed to grow to maturity, but I'm probably not going to be brewing this year, so I wonder if there is any harm in letting it go. Last year it grew like gangbusters, after surviving a couple of years of neglect in a pot.
Would it be safe to assume that the crown will grow in proportion to the number of bines it is supporting? So in other words, lots of bines means a healthier crown for next year?
"but I'm probably not going to be brewing this year"
Well, that's a shame. What about next year? Pack the hops in freeze and they will last a really long time.
Back to your real question:
Letting all the shoots go is fine. It may produce a massive tangle and be hard to pick, but it won't hurt the plant in any significant way.
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