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Old 08-31-2012, 04:06 AM   #1
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I've got two cascade plants that are growing for their third season. I was expecting to finally have a good yield - the plants grew 15 feet high and seemed reasonably robust this year.

Disappointingly, they haven't bore any cones. Should I abandon all hope at this point and consider the season 'fruitless'?

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Old 08-31-2012, 07:36 AM   #2
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I had a bad harvest on all of mine except northern brewer. Michigan weather wasn't too kind this year

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Old 08-31-2012, 07:52 AM   #3
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I gave up on my hallertau, but had a great year with my columbus.

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Old 08-31-2012, 12:01 PM   #4
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I can't speak for everyone, but it seems like the season here is still going. I have two first year plants and my cascade had a good year but I thought my nugget wasn't going to do anything. It had burrs for a good month with no cones forming. It just within the last 2 weeks has formed cones and they are starting to mature. My cascade is now forming new burrs so I may get another harvest from them before they die back. I'm not sure what varieties you're growing or how your weather had been but I wouldn't give up on them just yet.

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Old 08-31-2012, 01:10 PM   #5
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I got a lot of cascade and a lot centennial the Columbus was a total bust and a few northern brewer. All first year plants.

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Old 08-31-2012, 09:32 PM   #6
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This is my first year getting any cones as last year, the deer eat my plants. So I have a couple dozen cones already in MD, will I get more? How do I know when to start harvesting? I'm growing Newport hops if that matters. TIA

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I'm also in PA, I wouldn't say a bust, but it's my first year. I just stripped the Centennial and got 10 wet ounces. The Fuggles will probably yield 6 wet, but I'm leaving for a week and I'm not sure what will be left when I get back. Took the most dry 3 ounces off so I have something at least. These are the first year whole crown. Now, my hot peppers and tomatoes on the other hand were very disappointing. This was a bad growing year all around.

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First year plants for me in Illinois. Cascade, Columbus, and chinook. All of them did pretty decent and may get a second harvest off them. A few ounces of dried hops from each plant so far.

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Old 08-31-2012, 11:24 PM   #9
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I've got five 7th year plants and 3 6th year plants. No hops from any of them this year, not even the Cascade.

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I've got two cascade plants that are growing for their third season. I was expecting to finally have a good yield - the plants grew 15 feet high and seemed reasonably robust this year.

Disappointingly, they haven't bore any cones. Should I abandon all hope at this point and consider the season 'fruitless'?
Being that it's September 1, I would agree with your fruitless sentiment. Even if you have burrs at this point they won't mature properly this late in the season. I'm wondering what your growing situation is like? If they actually are Cascades, even if grown in buckets, they should have put something out by now. Did you get them from a reputable supplier? The 15 foot thing is what has me questioning whether or not they're Cascades and not some strange variety that someone just wanted to make a buck off of. Even if they were a rogue variety I would figure that a 3 year old plant that grew that much would show some signs of a harvest. I just noticed, Friday night after work at the beginning of a 3-day weekend and I'm thinking? Sorry, gotta switch modes and enjoy the evening. Keep us updated.
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