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held79 07-31-2010 10:48 PM

Hop cones disappeared
 
I have a 1st yr plant that I was excited to see had several cones forming. I've been keeping an eye out for bugs and noticed one day all the cones, and some leaves, were gone. It looks like something cut the stems. I found 5 short fat green worms I picked off and fed to the fish but the cones didn't vanish until a few days later. Any ideas?

ChshreCat 07-31-2010 10:55 PM

Got deer around?

held79 07-31-2010 10:58 PM

I considered that. I would hate to see the deer that could reach up to 7' +.

ChrisS68 07-31-2010 11:33 PM

Some dumba$$ stoner probably thought he was scoring some chronic.

held79 08-03-2010 06:42 AM

No more ideas besides deer and potheads?

FrFtr28 08-03-2010 02:51 PM

It's possible that a deer stood up on its hind legs to reach them. Were any cones lower on the plant eaten?

samc 08-03-2010 03:09 PM

I've seen birds steal the cones. Could also be that you only found 5 of many green worms. I've had deer pass through my yard without stopping for hops.

homebeerbrewer 08-03-2010 03:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by samc (Post 2196167)
I've seen birds steal the cones. Could also be that you only found 5 of many green worms. I've had deer pass through my yard without stopping for hops.

I have a robins nest in one of mine, and it's the one with the most cones. They don't seem to be interested in the hops, other than to build the nest.

I'm sure there are plenty more worms than just the 5 found. That's probably where the cones are going.

And samc, the reason the deer didn't stop for the hops is because they're waiting for you to make beer with it. :drunk:

david_42 08-03-2010 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by held79 (Post 2192244)
I considered that. I would hate to see the deer that could reach up to 7' +.

Most deer are quite capable of feeding standing on their legs, but I've never had a problem with them eating my hops. Too busy stripping the apple trees.

held79 08-04-2010 06:04 AM

All the cones were gone from about 5'-11'. Those heights are a rough guess. The cones were only about the size of a pea, if that big.


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