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Old 07-03-2008, 11:17 PM   #1
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Default Hop Cones Already, Or am i dreaming

So here is a picture of my Fuggle plant that i took on top of a ladder at the very top. I was inspecting for aphids since i got a bag of ladybugs yesterday.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/BBartelmes/SG1c...JPG?imgmax=512

So the top 3 sections of the vine have these tiny ball shoots coming out, they dont look like horizontial growth which i have plenty of on this bine.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/BBartelmes/SG1d...JPG?imgmax=512

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Old 07-03-2008, 11:37 PM   #2
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No, those aren't cones yet, they're just side arms. It's not cone time in the PNW yet.

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Old 07-04-2008, 01:50 AM   #3
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Here in Kansas City all of my hops are first year and only my Cascade have cones so far...

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Old 07-04-2008, 02:10 AM   #4
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I have 5-6 plants with cones over 1" long.

I pulled one today and munched on it...a little bitterness was present, but I just thought it was "sweet"...

Hop harvesting time is late Aug early Sep in most parts...

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Those "tiny balls shoots" will develop into cones in a month or two, but most of the cones will be on your sidearms.

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the first sign you're likely to notice of cones forming is not pointy looking things like in the pictures but small green puff balls.

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yeah i was right

http://lh3.ggpht.com/BBartelmes/SHVS...JPG?imgmax=512
Hop cones baby!!

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Here in Nebraska my first year Cascade has about 20-25 cones on it and the plant is about 12 feet up the twine.

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So here is a picture of my Fuggle plant that i took on top of a ladder at the very top. I was inspecting for aphids since i got a bag of ladybugs yesterday.
You can get bags of ladybugs? That's neat! I haven't seen a real ladybug in like 5 years! Where would one find such a thing?
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You can get bags of ladybugs? That's neat! I haven't seen a real ladybug in like 5 years! Where would one find such a thing?
heh, my mom's house gets infested with them every year, she has to go around to her windows with a vacuum...
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