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Old 07-03-2009, 01:51 AM   #1
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I have a second year Cascade that was doing quite well until recently. In the past couple weeks some of the bottom leaves began to turn yellow, dry up and die off. Also, I've noticed some of the lower sidearms have dried up. Any ideas?

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Old 07-03-2009, 01:55 AM   #2
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Not enough water??

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Old 07-03-2009, 01:58 AM   #3
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Not enough water??
no, probably too much. yellowing leaves is usually too much moisture. not a huge concern, but something to be aware of. If you've had the amount of rainfall we've had in Jersey, that's likely the culprit.
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Old 07-03-2009, 02:01 AM   #4
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Thanks for the quick reply. I've been pretty good about watering and lately we've had quite a bit of rain so I've held back. I'm just hoping it's not a virus.

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Looks exactly like pretty much every hop plant that I grow right now. My mature cascade has done that every year as it puts on flowers. The younger plants that are flowering are following suit. Not sure if I've been doing something wrong but I can tell you that it won't stop the plant from producing cones suitable for brewing.

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no, probably too much.
Yellowing leaves can go either way, too much or too little watering both cause the same problem. Also check your soil ph, soil ph meters are relatively cheap at garden centers. Have you been fertilizing? If so, what are the numbers from your fertilizer, what schedule have you been applying?
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BTW, I've had years where I got serious about watering and years where I let the plant go. It seemed to forget about sending nutrients to the lower leaves regardless. Most years just before harvest time new sprouts emerged from the lower leaf nodes.

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Old 07-03-2009, 02:18 AM   #8
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I have a Willamette within a couple of feet and it looks great. I guess I expected the Cascade to look the same. I haven't added any additional fertilizer since the spring and sadly, I have no means of taking a PH test at the moment.

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Old 07-08-2009, 04:47 PM   #9
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Mine turn yellow more than I would like but a good soak usually turns the the leaves green again.

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bottom leaves yellow on all of mine, just pull them off
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