Originally Posted by duskb
Let me ask, I'm in So Cal and I've got a plant that's in a similar spot. It has a few small cones that have not quite matured. We won't get a frost down here at all (maybe we'll hit the low 40's in February...) so is there harm in letting the plant go another month or longer?
Since the bines should shrivel up on their own before you cut, like you suggested, i don't think there's any harm in letting it go. I vote wait & harvest. It shouldn't be detrimental to it's health, nor should it affect next year's growth.