Below is a picture of my Cascade bine from today. They're first year in a container planted in late March. Saw lots of skepticism about the bines flowering in South Florida. Contrary to that I got an early crop and so far so good. Centennials are sending out burrs now.
I remember someone saying that an early crop will be extra bitter...or something. Is there any difference in flavor of early crops? Does heat effect this? It's been REALLY hot down here the past couple weeks (heat index over 100F daily).
Regarding harvesting, the literature I received with the rhizomes said to harvest when they become drier and "paper-like", but some of the first hops could almost be described this way already. I know they're not ready yet, but is there a typical amount of time from burr formation to harvest?
Anyway, just wanted to share my experiment with everyone.