So now I have noticed some white thing on the hops which I have taken a picture of, along with some general browning spots on leaves, but I have sprayed it with neem oil which makes me wonder why the bugs are there.
Cascade leaf browning:
Centennial with Bugs:
Also when can I cut the bottom leaves, and is there a general rule of thumb for cutting them besides finding a sharp blade/scissors to cut them with. Like should I cut the decaying/bad leaves off as close to the base as possible or should I leave like 1/4 inch stub... etc
The white "bugs" are the old skins of aphids that they moulted out of (like snakes). They do not mean that there are currently aphids on your plant, as the skins can stick around a long time, but you should take a second look.
So there has been a lot of rain lately and I think it has been washing off the neem oil because a ton of the leaves are chewed up I would put it at about 80%. I was able however to get some pictures of the culprits:
This little guy was on a leaf near some of the chew marks, however, I am not really sure what it is:
This little green guy was hard to spot, I'm not sure what it is, I don't think its an aphid but who knows I'm not an expert. But he was conveniently located at the base of the chew marks on the leaves.
A close up:
If anyone knows what they are or how/if to kill them, becuase the neem oil keeps getting taken off the plant as it continuously pours in MD as of late.
Same boat here. Can't tell if its rain, too much water or lack of nutrients. Lower leaves are drying and splotchy, upper parts are still growing and starting to flower. Hit it with neem about a week ago to stave or bugs and mildew. Any thoughts? One thing I've considered is I only get partial morning sun. They are shaded after 1pm.
With the heavy rain, I actually started just putting the Miracle Gro Granules around the base of the plant right before a big rain, and that helped some with the yellowing of my lower leaves. How often do you fertalize it?