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Old 09-07-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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I planted 1 columbus, 2 cascade, and 1 centennial this spring. My columbus did awesome, grew way faster than the others and I harvested it last weekend. It seemed to have just as many clusters of seeds as it did cones. Will this be a problem in the future or even now?

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Old 09-07-2012, 05:38 PM   #2
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"clusters of seeds"?

The seeds form inside of the cones (which are really the female flowers).

Hop plants often throw clusters of male flowers on female plants. Here is an image I took: http://twitpic.com/62n8a8 These are not a problem - though they can be an indication that the plant is stressed.

If you have true seeds inside the female cones, I would love for you to send me a few. Would gladly trade for a few onces of cones from my garden.

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Old 09-07-2012, 10:38 PM   #3
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I think I have both, I will take some pictures.

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I had the same thing this year I assumed they were seeds too.

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here is what I have

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A little hard to tell from the photos, but those look like clusters of male flowers and deformed cones that couldn't decide if they wanted to be male or female. The hop seeds will form inside of the female cones. They are small, hard, brownish-black and look like ... ahem ... hemp seeds.

Let me know if you find any.

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Like nabmay said, if it is truly 1 plant with both cones and male flowers, its a sign that the plant was somehow stressed this year. Many varieties will do that. The stress could be from heat, lack of water, to small of a pot, any number of things. Those male flowers should be sterile and if the stress is removed, will not return next year.

The only way you could be screwed, and I've heard of this happening, is if you dropped two rhizomes into the same hill at the time of planting. If one was male and the other female, you will need to kill both. Their roots are completely entangled and can't be separated.

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I think I put 2 rhizomes in together. i hope that is not the case. I think that there were cones and seeds on the same bine though.

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"The only way you could be screwed, and I've heard of this happening, is if you dropped two rhizomes into the same hill at the time of planting. If one was male and the other female..."

BWN - don't stress it. This is not what happened. Here's why:
1) You can't purchase male rhizomes. If you did put two in at once, I can guarantee that they were both female.
2) Even if they were a male and female, they would send up separate bines. You wouldn't find both cones and male flowers on the same plant.

Your plant is a hermaphrodite. It's OK. It's a natural part of hop sexuality. You need to accept your plant for who they are... now that they're, ahem, "out of the closet".

My cascade plant constantly throws male flowers. It must me a little stressed, but I've never been too concerned - it still produces a ton of cones. This year we picked over 8 pounds (wet) from that one plant.

If you look close, you can see some of the male flowers near the bottom of the pile.

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In before anyone jumps on my use of the word "hermaphrodite".
Yes, yes. Technically the plant is "monoecious". In general, hops are considered "dioecious".

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