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.