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Old 08-23-2012, 10:46 PM   #1
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This normal for Williamette or is the plant sick?

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Old 08-28-2012, 12:40 PM   #2
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These look like burrs, that haven't had a chance to mature into actual, real hop cones yet.

When did you plant? How long after flowering did you wait before you picked these?



 
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:52 PM   #3
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Those don't look like burrs, it looks like each petal of the cone is folding on itself. Are they dry?

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:48 AM   #4
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hop flower or "burr" an immature hop cone.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:49 AM   #5
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obviously the pics above are less mature than the pics from the OP. I really think they are immature cones.

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:14 PM   #6
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I would second that Iowabrew

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:27 PM   #7
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If all of the hops develop in a similar way as those pictured I'd say it may be nutrient related ~ were those taken from any specific region of the plant? If they're first year hops I wouldn't be too concerned as immature plants end up doing some strange stuff while establishing. Keep us updated.

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #8
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Because they are both bitter?

 
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:20 AM   #9
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They were fully mature cones. Very dry, possibly too ripe. It was planted around April. Just never developed right.
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:13 AM   #10
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I'd write this year off as an establishment year learning experience (you and the plants). If they do the same thing next year it's probably some type of bug in the soil (virus/nutrient etc.). Do you have other varieties growing and do they have similar problems? Is it just the cones or does the whole plant show irregular growth? Lots of variables could be at work here . . . sorry, but nothing jumps out and screams "I'm the problem" at this point.



 
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