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Old 07-20-2012, 03:52 AM   #1
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Default Hops budding? Time to fertilize!

I have found that if I start fertilizing with Super Bloom (12-55-6) when burrs start showing up I can substantially increase the size of the hop flowers at harvest. Haven't done any empirical studies, just picked flowers the size of pine cones! Go for it growers!

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Old 07-20-2012, 01:17 PM   #2
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The size of pinecones? I hit mine with some beastly blooms, which I don't remember the numbers, but was low on nitrogen, huge on phosphorus, and light on potassium, hoping for the same thing.

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Old 07-20-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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Yes, the idea is to boost the phosphorous. Some of the cones on my Willamette plant have been easily 2 1/2 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. So OK it was a bonsai pine cone.

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Old 07-20-2012, 06:59 PM   #4
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+1 on the Super Bloom (12-55-6) . I started mine once a week once i see the blooms. My second year plants especially cascades are blooming like nuts. I already harvest 18 oz from one plant and got 5 oz from the other. That was the early bloom, this next harvest is going to be somewhere 30 and 20. Agree the size of the cone were bigger.

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The "Beastly Blooms" is a 0-50-30.

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Old 07-22-2012, 11:55 PM   #6
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No reason to use synthetics...just good old fashioned organic material will do...Spray the leaves with a kelp based solution they love it...Also play some Bach at loud volumes.

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No reason to use synthetics...just good old fashioned organic material will do...Spray the leaves with a kelp based solution they love it...Also play some Bach at loud volumes.
Mine get various Dansk Black Metal from time to time.
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Mine get various Dansk Black Metal from time to time.
Sure wouldn't want them to go across the rainbow bridge to Valhalla early!
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Right.

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The Gods do enjoy good beer, not sure of hops define good beer to them or not.

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