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  1. kumah

    What are you drinking now?

    Giving a pumpkin beer another try tonight. This one advertises itself on the bottle as having a strong pumpkin flavor, and it definitely does have squashy flavor. A little sweet. Way higher alcohol content than I expected it to have. Feels a little like drinking a fizzy pumpkin liqour
  2. kumah

    Hops trouble

    Thanks for the clarification. From how it was written I couldn't tell if you were including spider mites with the other 3.
  3. kumah

    Hops trouble

    Would you say the Big 4 are Verticillium, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, and Spider mites?
  4. kumah

    Hops trouble

    Or you know, you do you. This was a thread asking for pest ID, not how to garden. Synthetic is fine if that's what you can afford. Organic gardening is not easier, the biggest reason for more cost in Organic food is more labor. A garden's job is what you want it to be. They don't exist...
  5. kumah

    Hops trouble

    I was wondering if maybe it was nitrogen burn after your reply, and I found this reddit thread: This person has very similar symptoms and it turned out to be spider mites. They're basically microscopic so you might not even see them.
  6. kumah

    Hop Help Hurry

    Budding plant pathologist here, Definitely agree with CascadeBrewer that the holes are insect damage. mashpaddled is also correct. This definitely looks like potassium deficiency. Use a slow release and well rounded fertilizer in the area this fall/winter when you do garden cleanup. I'm a big...
  7. kumah

    Hops trouble

    Budding (pardon the pun) plant pathologist here. I think this might be a nutrient deficiency. Possibly potassium. My only hesitation on that though is the very crispy edges. What is your fertilizing routine? It might be a compound of deficiencies. Alternatively, it might be Verticillium wilt...
  8. kumah

    Disease question

    The confusion was mine for not reading closely and getting distracted by pictures! Now's a great time to get on them. By now, most predatory insects are out of hibernation. I think the aphids would get to your hops regardless, but it'd be a good idea to plant the tall grasses a few feet away...
  9. kumah

    Virus Issue? Nutrition? Any ideas

    Did the fertilizer help this? I'm wondering if it was Magnesium deficiency too.
  10. kumah

    Disease question

    I am not familiar with hop susceptibility genes, but definitely possible some are more susceptible. It looks like you're starting to harvest (unless those are gherkin cucumbers in the bowl!) So I wouldn't spray any insecticides at this point. Neem oil would be the safest but I gag to think of...
  11. kumah

    Disease question

    B-Hoppy is correct, this is early Sooty Mold. This is caused by aphid honeydew so you aren't doing anything wrong, and fungicides won't help. You'll have to address the aphid problem. Insecticidal soaps or neem oil early on might help. You will definitely want to avoid spraying close to...
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