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BrewerinBR 07-18-2012 02:58 PM

Question about hop flowers ..
 
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Having never grown hops before I am uncertain if these are flowers, these were planted June 5th and if these are flowers can hops actually flower in 40 days?

B-Hoppy 07-18-2012 03:12 PM

Yes, that's a sidearm/lateral growing off the main vine and the little 'fuzzy' things are called burrs. They'll eventually turn into hops in a few weeks to a few more weeks depending on variety. During the baby year there's a lot of variability as to how vigorous they'll be. Some just grow a little and others end up producing a decent first year crop. Looks like they like your growing conditions. Congrats!

BrewerinBR 07-18-2012 03:23 PM

Thank you B_Hoppy. I am not sure if it the conditions, placement or the peat but they are over 14feet tall and still growing... I think it was the plants actually they had roots and big around as my thumb when I transplanted them from the pots to the ground. These are the centennials (they smell so wonderful) I have a cascade that is even larger with more "burrs" like that. The Northern Brewer is now 12 feet and the Columbus is 12 feet and they are starting to have the side off shoots... they grow fast. Did not think I would get 1st year hops from them... very excited...

B-Hoppy 07-18-2012 04:23 PM

If what you planted were 'starts', that makes a lot of sense as they tend to grow at a more predictable rate than rhizomes. You'll find that over time, certain varieties will do better than others. My Centennials have averaged no more than about 8 ounces over the last 12 or so years where the Cascade and Chinook put out a couple pounds per plant. Give them 3-4 years before you decide to replace with a different variety and don't jump the gun at harvest. It's usually better to wait a week longer after you think they're ripe before picking. It's tough but usually worth it!

BrewerinBR 07-18-2012 04:49 PM

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Originally Posted by B-Hoppy (Post 4260635)
If what you planted were 'starts', that makes a lot of sense as they tend to grow at a more predictable rate than rhizomes. You'll find that over time, certain varieties will do better than others. My Centennials have averaged no more than about 8 ounces over the last 12 or so years where the Cascade and Chinook put out a couple pounds per plant. Give them 3-4 years before you decide to replace with a different variety and don't jump the gun at harvest. It's usually better to wait a week longer after you think they're ripe before picking. It's tough but usually worth it!

Kewl thanks for the advice, yes they were plants in 1 gallon pots from Great Lake Hops, and took off as soon as they were in the ground. Well if get 8 ounces from any of them I will be happy... I will heed your advice and wait to harvest ... Thanks

BrewerinBR 08-15-2012 05:02 PM

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Update ... those little flowers have grown into some very nice centennial cones, and a pic of my cascade... not bad for year 1.

Jhoss 08-15-2012 08:29 PM

Michigan guy here
 
For a guy in the planning stages of a small hop garden - these pics are encouraging!

BrewerinBR 08-27-2012 05:02 PM

Update on Hops
 
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Saturday I noticed the centennial hops at the top of the plant looked a little brown. So I got a ladder out and climb to the top. The looked like they need to be harvested, paper feeling and such so I cut of a little bunch and took them inside they looked ready?

BrewerinBR 08-27-2012 05:06 PM

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So while back on the ladder I lost my balance and grabbed the wire they were hung on. Fortunately I regained my balance, unfortunately the wire broke and there was way to much weight on it to get it back up, so I just harvested all of the hops. Now they are drying.... guess they will be okay.. here are some cascades:

BrewerinBR 08-27-2012 05:11 PM

More Pics
 
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Not bad for year 1 hops ... note the large walking-stick


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