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Old 07-17-2008, 10:48 PM   #1
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I got these plants this year from Fresh Hops. So far nothing that looks like a hop on any of my 6 plants (2 each Centennial, Golding, Willamette). I'm not sure but I think one of my Goldings might be a male plant.

Mommy, why does mine look different for everybody else's? These little flowers don't look like hops to me, or am I crazy?
Also any ideas on what's causing this on my other Golding? I've been a little behind on the watering this week due to my bandaged hands, so I was thinking they might be a bit dry.


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Old 07-17-2008, 11:06 PM   #2
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Looks male to me.


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Old 07-17-2008, 11:25 PM   #3
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I agree. One or two other people received male plants this year from Dave. This is extremely rare as the last thing anyone wants in their hop field (breeders excepted) is male plants. Dave will be quite willing to make good, although that might mean a rain-check for next year.

Don't be concerned about the lack of hops so far on the rest of them. Most of my plants are on Year 3 and they are still just growing.
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It does to me too. And I'll tell ya why. I can see the tiny little US Postal Service satchels.
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Old 07-17-2008, 11:44 PM   #5
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Thanks, I was afraid of that. Guess I'll pull all the flowers off so they don't cross pollinate with my others.


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I'd just cut the plant down now if it were me. As you've seen from my other post my mature female cascade has decided it's gender confused due to extreme stress last month. If I see growth like this on it next year it will be out of the ground before summer '09 ends. At least your other plants don't have a bunch of bracts on them because from the looks of it this plant already has open flowers, and you'd be brewing with seedy hops this fall. I haven't followed the sale of rhizomes closely until this year, but maybe the extra demand has led to some less than desirable root cuttings to be sold. As for the browning leaves, this is normal near the bottom of the plant this time of year. My mighty hermaphodite cascade is bare bine for the bottom three feet. I pull the bottom leaves about every third to fourth day. It's been like this in July every year.
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Yeah, from past experience with a sililar species... you want to kill that male, no mercy.

The last thing you want is a bunch of seeds, and those flowers are OPEN.
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will male plants take over the desired females? I look out there right now and see many more male flowers than females. In prior years it appeared I had more like a 50/50 split.

any advice is gladly accepted

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will male plants take over the desired females? I look out there right now and see many more male flowers than females. In prior years it appeared I had more like a 50/50 split.

any advice is gladly accepted

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Unless you're breeding or something, there's no reason you'd want any male plants. I don't think they "take over", but they'll pollinate the females which, in turn, will produce seeds, which are useless for brewing.

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ya but on the flip side if you did want a male , you could not find one anywhere
i have not seen anyone saleing them at all
and the male will not hurt the hops or change the flavor at all
the only change is that the hops will have seeds but if you put your hops in a hop bag it makes no change other that you have seed witch i think is cool


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