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Old 06-21-2010, 12:10 AM   #1
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I have two rhizomes growing in two seperate half whiskey barrels, a Mt. Hood and a Cascade. The Cascade is doing great, producing 2 shoots with one of them nearing 5 ft. tall and haven't had any problems with anything.

The Mt. Hoods however, haven't been so lucky! They've been attacked by bugs, and I've been spraying them now twice this past week, but I had to do some more leaf pruning because some of them were just too yellow and eaten and had bugs on the bottom side. Today though the only bine growing (which has seemed to stop at about 3 feet for a week now) has the top of it snapped off! There's no more bud growing at the top, it's just a cut bine....What should I do? Should I trim it back to the soil and let it grow again, or should I do nothing, or cut it a little lower? The plant seems to be in need of something, as it was the first to sprout and originally the strongest/tallens of the hops. Now it appears to be dying!

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Old 06-21-2010, 02:30 PM   #2
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2 side arms should start growing just below the broken tip. When they get long enough, train one of those on the string and cut off the other.

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Old 06-21-2010, 03:02 PM   #3
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I have two rhizomes growing in two seperate half whiskey barrels, a Mt. Hood and a Cascade. The Cascade is doing great, producing 2 shoots with one of them nearing 5 ft. tall and haven't had any problems with anything.

The Mt. Hoods however, haven't been so lucky! They've been attacked by bugs, and I've been spraying them now twice this past week, but I had to do some more leaf pruning because some of them were just too yellow and eaten and had bugs on the bottom side. Today though the only bine growing (which has seemed to stop at about 3 feet for a week now) has the top of it snapped off! There's no more bud growing at the top, it's just a cut bine....What should I do? Should I trim it back to the soil and let it grow again, or should I do nothing, or cut it a little lower? The plant seems to be in need of something, as it was the first to sprout and originally the strongest/tallens of the hops. Now it appears to be dying!

Pretty much having the same problem here. (Charlotte, NC) First year hops, first year hop grower, so this is all new to me. I'm testing to see if its a nitrogen deficiency. If not it may be a mildew problem

Not sure if i should trim...
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:05 PM   #4
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Well, I did read that Cascades are disease ressistant and are in general very easy to grow, hardy hops. Whereas the Mt. Hoods are somewhat disease suseptible and usually aren't recommended to first year growers xP

Well, I just hope it survives. I really like Mt. Hoods, and I got them SPECIFICALLY for the taste, possibly dry hopping for a few IPA's.

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Old 06-21-2010, 11:09 PM   #5
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My Mt. Hoods have been a big disappointment also. I got maybe a pound of hops last year from my second year Cascade, and it looks like this year will be at least as much. But the Hood gave me no more than a few flowers, maybe a half ounce dry weight ;ast year, and barely any flowers yet this year either.

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Old 06-22-2010, 12:58 AM   #6
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That sucks. I should have picked something else besides them to grow!

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My Mt Hoods haven't been too vigorous in getting started. I'm seeing better growth from the Willamettes, Goldings, and Centennials. The various web sites list this as a disease resistant strain, but they seem to be fussier growers here.

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Old 06-14-2011, 02:21 PM   #8
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I'm curious to hear how everybody's Mt Hood plants are doing this year. I too planted some last year (2010), and they barely grew. This year though, they are growing like crazy... check out the size of these leaves!



Just this past weekend, I even noticed a new shoot coming up about 2 feet from the original plant. I made a brief blog post about them here - Mt Hood Hops: year 2

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I am also not getting great growth from my Mt Hood as a first year grower but my EKG are really not wanting to grow at all.

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Mine continue to grow like weeds but produce few if any flowers. My Cascades are almost ready to start harvesting (maybe in a couple of weeks) but the Mount Hoods are just climbing the trellis and enjoying the sun.

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