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Old 07-29-2012, 10:41 PM   #1
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Hey all,

I'm a hopefull first time grower/harvester this year. I have 2 second year plants; a Hallertauer and Willamette. So far the Hallertauer is doing really well and I have some decent cones forming. My Willamette however, has suffered a set back.

It started out really strong and hundreds of buds formed. So I started thinking that I'd have way more hops than I knew what to do with. Well cut to 3 weeks later and I have no cones on this plant and the buds just seem to be drying up. I've attached 2 pictures, one of 3 weeks ago, and another from today.

Having started to read about proper growing technique (I've just been winging it until now) I suspect maybe it is caused by a lack of proper fertilization. The plants are well watered once per day.

The other difference between my 2 plants is that I trained about 7 bines from the Willamette up 2 separate lines. I only trained 4 bines for the Hallertauer up a single line. Might this be too much for the Willamette? Maybe a combination of too many bines and no fertilizer regiment?

Any advise would be greatly welcomed and appreciated.

Thanks!

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Old 07-29-2012, 10:47 PM   #2
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I'm interested to read what people say about this. To me it looks like a hop plant and something else growing up the vine. All my cones are further separated, not so bushy.

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Old 07-29-2012, 10:54 PM   #3
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I'm not an expert. But that sure looks like a weed vine groin up with your hop plant.......

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....To me it looks like a hop plant and something else growing up the vine. ....
This

But it's not cannabis.
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I have a similar looking problem. Did you mulch any leaves in the garden last fall?

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Hmm, I'm pretty sure I would have noticed if they were separate vines of some sort. I've been meticulously pruning. You know how crazy they shoot up new bines. I've been making sure there are only 4 running this entire line. And each of the Willamette lines that I have look just like this. Same massive budding and then die off. Here are some more pictures. In the picture that shows all 3 lines, I don't think I even need to tell you which ones are the Willamette bines...

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I don't think its necessarily bad. The hops still look healthy and the dying plant will feed the soil. I think some people grown beans in tandem with hops. IIRC they also compost tea while waiting for the beans to die off.

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Well, the new pictures look more like hops. I'll shut up now and listen.

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I have a similar looking problem. Did you mulch any leaves in the garden last fall?
No, not really. All I've been doing is putting grass clippings down each week and watering daily. I think I may have put down some composted manure down early this spring as well.
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Please don't laugh (too much) at my ghetto setup either.

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