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Old 08-01-2009, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default First year hops in Minnesota

First of all thank you, I have used many of your experiances and tips in growing three successful hops plants this year. This is their first year and since the are being grown in Minnesota, I honestly did not expect anything. However, the plants have started producing many spurs and are not maturing into to cones. I have actually had a lot of success with other plants in the yard also, so I guess it was not too much of a suprise.

The issue is that some of the cones are starting to produce leaves of their own. Is this a problem? Or, some sort of first year cone thing?

I tried find a thread with this same problem but could not and the wife is hounding me to clean

I'll try to attach a pic of the "problem cone" and others.

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Thats not a problem the hop cones are made of leaves. Hope this helps.

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I have one cone on one of my Cascade plants that did what I think you are talking about. First and only time I've ever seen it:

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Thats not a problem the hop cones are made of leaves.
No, but angel cones can occur in all varieties. Magnum almost always has them.
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Okay so my hops are not mutated, that’s good to know. Are the angel cones still usable? Do you just need to pick off the leafs?

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Angel cones are fine. The leaflets will throw off your weight measurements, but only slightly. For flavor and aroma adds, I wouldn't worry about them.

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Good to know. Thanks for your help and reassurance.

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