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Old 08-22-2011, 04:48 PM   #1
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I managed to pick 13 oz of Chinook this morning and still have probably half of that on the plant that wasn't ready yet.

Now drying in a spare room



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nice first harvest.


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Old 08-23-2011, 01:32 AM   #3
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I managed to pick 13 oz of Chinook this morning and still have probably half of that on the plant that wasn't ready yet.

Now drying in a spare room
That's all from one plant? How tall was it? How many seasons...

This is my first year, and I've got one plant that's about 10' tall (magnum) and it has about 15-20 hops growing on the top third of it... I didn't plant till late june and I'm at 4k' altitude...

My willamette is starting to take off.. about 5'.. the other magnum is about 4'.. the cascades started slow but are starting to grow at about 4" a day (now at about 3'), and the centennials.. well one didn't make it, and the other is still just kinda wimpy and growing along the bottom of the bed.. but so far, only the big magnum is bearing fruit.. I have no idea what to expect this year or next (except that I should buy at least one more centennial).. so if all that is off of one plant, I'm getting excited..
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Yes that is from one plant. I only picked about 2/3 of it. The rest I will pick next week. 1st year and it got to about 23 feet tall. I also harvested some of the Centennial next to it which is around 15 ft. I got a much smaller yield from that, 1.5 oz, however I still have half on the bine. I'm hoping to harvest some Cascade, EKG and some Mt Hood soon. I might even get a few cones of Hallertau. The Northern Brewer still haven't even flowered so I gave up on that one. Some of these plants did really well for 1st years and others not as much, but at least all will have a decent root system for next year. Best of luck with yours.

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That's all from one plant? How tall was it? How many seasons...

This is my first year, and I've got one plant that's about 10' tall (magnum) and it has about 15-20 hops growing on the top third of it... I didn't plant till late june and I'm at 4k' altitude...

My willamette is starting to take off.. about 5'.. the other magnum is about 4'.. the cascades started slow but are starting to grow at about 4" a day (now at about 3'), and the centennials.. well one didn't make it, and the other is still just kinda wimpy and growing along the bottom of the bed.. but so far, only the big magnum is bearing fruit.. I have no idea what to expect this year or next (except that I should buy at least one more centennial).. so if all that is off of one plant, I'm getting excited..
The 10' magnum sounds about right for late June planting. I wouldn't be surprised if it's 20'(or however tall your trellis is) by the end of May next year. That's basically what my centennials have done in their first 2 years.

I also have a wimpy cascade that grew ~10' the first year with some sort of nutrient or disease issue. It came back this year. Still had the issue with tiny, yellowing leaves, but managed to make it to the top of my 18' trellis with a bunch of cones.
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I managed to pick 13 oz of Chinook this morning and still have probably half of that on the plant that wasn't ready yet.
Excellent! Question: Have you crumbled a cone or two and given them a good sniff to see if they're "nice 'n' hoppy"?

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Yes I sure have. I didn't want to wash my hands because they smelled so good! Very strong defined odor and also noticed that the Centennials that I picked afterwards had even a stronger odor. My whole house smells like hops right now from the drying.

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The 10' magnum sounds about right for late June planting. I wouldn't be surprised if it's 20'(or however tall your trellis is) by the end of May next year. That's basically what my centennials have done in their first 2 years.

I also have a wimpy cascade that grew ~10' the first year with some sort of nutrient or disease issue. It came back this year. Still had the issue with tiny, yellowing leaves, but managed to make it to the top of my 18' trellis with a bunch of cones.
Thanks man.. I think leaving them in my fridge for over 2 months probably hurt their chances to get a good start... especially as they were 'frosted' when I pulled them out...... Hoping next year they rock.. They should, they're in some awesome mix...

I didn't cut any of the extra bines off, so that they could build up a good crown.. So each of them has anywhere from 5-12 bines growing off of them... Hoping that pays off down the road..

I've heard that first year hops are very low AA.. Is this true?
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My whole house smells like hops right now from the drying.

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+1 on not washing the hands. A hop perfume!



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