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Old 08-23-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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Default Do second harvests happen?

I have first year Santiams, and about a month ago I got about 6 cones off one plant. (yay)
But then I fertilized the plants and they started growing some more - probably went up another 2-3 feet, and now I have new burrs at the top. Not many, but 5-6 more.

Do plants often (or ever) make a second set of cones?

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Old 08-23-2012, 05:24 PM   #2
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They do, but it is relatively rare. A warm Spring that makes the first crop ready early can give the plant time for a second crop.

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Old 08-23-2012, 10:27 PM   #3
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I have a few bines that are generating a second harvest (additional burs), I do selective harvesting to only harvest perfectly ripe cones while letting others mature, etc.. Seems to be a great way to maximize hop potential, but I can see why a large scale operations can't just do that, too much manual labor involved but great for small garden crops I just wait till I have what I suspect is an ounce or more of hops that are large enough, and feel dry and springy to the touch with noticeable lupulin inside the cone and pluck away

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i have a few bines that are generating a second harvest (additional burs), i do selective harvesting to only harvest perfectly ripe cones while letting others mature, etc.. Seems to be a great way to maximize hop potential, but i can see why a large scale operations can't just do that, too much manual labor involved but great for small garden crops i just wait till i have what i suspect is an ounce or more of hops that are large enough, and feel dry and springy to the touch with noticeable lupulin inside the cone and pluck away
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:26 AM   #5
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Also if you dont trim any growth, you will get a couple harvests. However there some debate as to the quality of the harvests. some say that w/o trimming and getting 1 harvest you dont get your plants full potential.

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Did you make a beer out of the 6 hop cones? =)

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Did you make a beer out of the 6 hop cones? =)
2 full batches of Miller Lite......
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2 full batches of Miller Lite......
what are you going to do with 150 gallons of miller?

So far I have picked 3 small batches of hops from my brewers gold and 2 small batches from my cascade. (first year plants and maybe over 1/2 pound overall on 4 plants). They are still growing out burrs.
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i grow 4 bines and prune them until they are loaded with hops ,then I let the shoots on the plants grow. i got 2 harvests off a 3rd year chinook this year over a pound off 1 plant so far

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Yup, I harvested my Centennial twice already and probably get one more out of it. My Chinoolk is about to be harvested the 2nd time, the 1st time it produced almost 24 oz of wet hops. Probably will get about half of that the 2nd time.

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