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scotsmn30 05-18-2010 01:13 AM

Is it to early for a lot of buds?
I have 3 different hops plants that are all in their second year. They are growing great but are already all loaded with hops. I know that harvest is usually not till late August to sept. So my question, is it possible that I will get an early harvest??

DrinksWellWithOthers 05-18-2010 01:27 AM

Haven't been able to do it myself but I remember reading that under the right conditions you can actually have two harvests. I'd say pick them with they're ready even if you think it might be too early time wise and see if more start growing.

buzzkill 05-18-2010 02:32 AM

Ive got about a 1/4oz of cascade and nugg that will be ready to pick in next few weeks,and the plants are just starting to really grow. they are older plants.

BigAl 05-18-2010 02:53 AM

Got 2 off my plants last year. Second harvest better then First. Second year plants.

B-Hoppy 05-18-2010 02:59 AM

when they are ready, they are ready!

SOB 05-20-2010 01:04 AM

With other plants at least an "early" harvest is usually a much smaller harvest but they occur more often. It is fine to have cones already since in parts of the US it's been a very early and warm spring which will cause the early cones. Just let them grow and pick when ready. Just be ready to pick a couple times this year. This doesn't necessarily mean you'll get more harvest then someone who cuts their hops back until now but it's not exactly bad either. A lot of growers (including me) cut their hops back until near the last frost when the plants should really start growing. This will cause one large, even harvest and maybe a second depending on summer conditions.

To each their own...a friend's hops are already 15 feet tall and mine that were constantly cut back are maybe 3 feet tall. We'll see in the end how things turn out.

JeffHops 05-20-2010 05:17 PM

Way to early unless You live in Austrailia. :D

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