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  1. K

    Pictures of hop plants

    Arcadian
  2. K

    Pictures of hop plants

    First hops of the 2020 season! My cascades are ripening 2-3 weeks earlier than normal this year. Brewing my annual wet hop ale this Wednesday.😬 Picked these hops yesterday, as they were ready sooner than the rest. The smell is heavenly.
  3. K

    Can anyone identify the variety? I "borrowed" a snippet a few years ago.

    A couple more details about cascade, they tend to have a square shape to them with a little bit of flaring. Here’s what my cascades look like. I’ve heard centennial is a little tighter and rounder.
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    Hop cones mature at different times.

    Yep, I’ve had the same experience with my cascade over the years. The top cones ripen sooner. Personally, I only pick as they’re ready. This year, for whatever reason, I have one bine that’s 1-2 weeks ahead the others. In fact, they should be ready to pick in the next few days. Planning to...
  5. K

    Pot to Soil

    I agree with what BHoppy said. I’ll also add that GLH is specific about making sure that the root ball or dirt level from the current pot is level with the dirt in it’s new home. Plant too low and you risk root rot. Too high and the plug will act like a wick and risk nutrient burn. I’m...
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    Disappointed in my rhizomes

    This is my 6th year Cascade. It might not look like much, but that’s probably over 2 lbs worth of hops after drying. Multiple that by 5 plants once they are mature... That’s a lot of IPA. Lol
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    Disappointed in my rhizomes

    That’s probably true! 😂. Having 5 plants myself already seems crazy.
  8. K

    Pictures of hop plants

    Here’s my cascade. Second year Arcadian. Should have a pretty decent harvest. Second year Hartwick. Second year Alpharoma. Just planted this Multihead a few weeks ago. Hoping it takes
  9. K

    Help with timing the planting

    I just planted a Multihead plant about 2.5 weeks ago here in Colorado. The jury is still out as to whether or not it’s gonna take. But it’s not dead yet, so I’m optimistic. August/September seems late to me. I’m not sure there would be a whole lot of benefit vs waiting until next April/May...
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    Disappointed in my rhizomes

    Glad that you at least have 2 plants doing well. Cascade is awesome. They grow like weeds. I would also suggest buying a rooted plant from Great Lakes Hops. At a minimum, at least you will have visible evidence if the plant dies. You won’t be left wondering for weeks. I’m 3 for 3 with last...
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    1st Year Hop Experience

    That’s a great question. I honestly don’t have a great answer. It does appear to depend on the variety. My 3 other plants are all throwing burrs as well, but far behind my cascade. Even though the Cascade is well ahead, I know from experience that the cones take at least a month to ripen...
  12. K

    1st Year Hop Experience

    Cascade anyone? Lol.
  13. K

    1st Year Hop Experience

    I’d be absolutely shocked if they don’t survive at this point. They all look very healthy and cascades are resistant to mildews. I switched to the white, nylon twine this year because it doesn’t degrade and seems sturdier to me. Hoping to reuse it next year as well. Admittedly, it’s not...
  14. K

    1st Year Hop Experience

    Looking great! Cascades are seriously monsters. You’ll probably have 5+ lbs of dried cascade next year.
  15. K

    Sign of watering too much?

    My cascade already has tons of cones. No where even close to ripe. But still exciting! This was my Arcadian plant today. Flowers everywhere.
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    Sign of watering too much?

    I suppose it depends where you live. Out east watering might not be necessary. Here in Colorado it’s so dry that most varieties start to suffer after a couple days without watering, during peak season. When it does rain here, the pavement is usually bone dry within an hour. Let’s not even...
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    1st time grower... what do I do with branches close to the ground?

    @RPh_Guy we loved our pergola. One word of caution, even though the hops running over the top looks magnificent, cascade in particular is susceptible to aphids. There were times the aphids would be so intense that they fell down all over the table below. The lady bugs tried their best, but...
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    1st time grower... what do I do with branches close to the ground?

    Glad to hear you also have a cascade! The hops from my cascade have produced some amazing beers. Just get ready for it to take over your yard in a couple years. Lol. Here are some pics of my mine. This was in 2018 at my old house This pic was taken a few days ago. Same crown, I...
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    1st time grower... what do I do with branches close to the ground?

    Yeah just let everything grow this first year. If those sidearms are in the way, try and train them up the twine as well. I do this with my cascade, which always gets bushy at the bottom.
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    How to Grow Hops

    What types of beers do you typically brew? My opinion is that growing aroma hops for pale ales and IPA will give a home grower the best bang for their buck and time and energy. Home growing hops for bittering a bit of a crapshoot, since you won’t know the exact AA of your hops. Cascade...
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