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Old 05-16-2009, 09:58 PM   #1
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Default Hop cones already??

So I bought a couple of Cascade rhizomes this spring and stuck them in my garden. I live in Pensacola FL and have had a hard time with hops in the past but I did more prep work this time.
Long story short, One of the bines is around 15' tall, branching, and has cones 1/2" long on it.
Now I know hops need long days to flower and I believe in FL you need to extend the photoperiod by an hour or so to initiate flowering because our days don't get long enough.
Why do I have cones?? Especially in the spring.
Anybody know?
I thought it was pretty wierd.
I have 3 other rhizomes that are only a couple of feet tall and have no cones

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Old 05-16-2009, 10:02 PM   #2
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We already have cones on ours too. Cascades that are 15' in year one is great growth, and if you have branches then cones are next.

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Old 05-24-2009, 04:00 PM   #3
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Woohooo! I've got the the spikey little buggers here now! These are second year Fuggles and EKG. I was delighted to see them because in their first year I think they showed up around August!
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Old 05-24-2009, 05:22 PM   #4
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My Cascade is only 5ft. but is starting to get branches. Only a first year so we'll see what happens. I honestly didn't know what to expect here in the Southwest but I've become enspired especially after seeing a pic of olllllo's and his having cones.
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Old 05-24-2009, 05:33 PM   #5
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My hops are about 13' tall and getting side arms... they are also getting buds for the hop flowers... oh glorious hops. I dont need any more hops, but it is nice to see them growing so well.
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:32 PM   #6
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I'm very jealous... lol. Congrats guys!
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Rather nice. It is possible to get two harvests, so I'd pick the cones as soon as they stop growing.

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Old 05-25-2009, 07:23 PM   #8
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Mine are in their second year - Cascade and Mount Hood (two others didn't survive last year). They are taking off - there are more shoots than I can count and they are up to about 12 feet long (if they were stretched out). The big thing seems to be that they love sun. We've had a ton of rain this year and not much happens on rainy days, but on sunny days they will grow as much as a foot in a day.
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Old 05-26-2009, 01:34 AM   #9
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Mine have cones to, and a lot of em.

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