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Old 06-11-2013, 04:38 AM   #1
Apr 2011
Chicago, Illinois
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I have 8 plants (2x Centennial, 2x Cascade, 2x Chinook, a Willamette, and a Sterling).

All of this growth happened since May 1 (just under 6 weeks).

Does anyone know what the deal is with the yellowing and browning of the bottom leaves on a few of the plants?

I laid down some mulch and manure in the spring, and recently applied some fish emulsion. We have, however, been getting record-setting rains here in Chicago. I feel like this might be part of the reason for the discoloration.

Overall, I'm not too worried about the color of the leaves on the bottom of the plant. Should I be?

Everything else looks great. Sidearms are starting to grow like crazy.

Thanks for the help in advance!
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:15 AM   #2
Dec 2010
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I had the same. I went through and pruned them to make sure the bottoms were getting enough airflow and it seemed to help

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Old 06-11-2013, 12:46 PM   #3
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Your plants look good! The yellowing at the bottom is normal for when the bines reach the top and start growing sidearms. The plant is paying more attention to sidearm growth and starting cones. The yellow leaves will eventually fall off or you can prune them.

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Old 06-11-2013, 04:15 PM   #4
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Good to know! That yellowish brown color kind of scared me at first, but I wasn't really too worried since the rest of the plants had huge dark green leaves.

Ill try pruning the bottoms!


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Old 06-11-2013, 07:34 PM   #5
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Once my bines are established I always prune back the bottom 4-6"... It makes weeding, watering and pruning new bines easier too
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