Hahaha!cluckk said:What is this? Hop porn, complete with pictures. I'm not trying to hijack the thread but this conversation reminds me of a trip to the hardware store to get parts for a homebrew DIY project. I was looking for a part and my teenage daughter was helping. She asked, "Will this one work?" I said, "No, that's male and I'm looking for female." She was confused and asked why they called them that. I handed her two pieces and said, "You tell me why." She put them together a couple times, then finally blushed, "Oh, gross!"
As far as I know the "hops" that you're used to are the female flowers or "cones". Males don't have them. Add to that the males ability to fertilize any females the wind can bring their pollen to and they aren't the best thing to have around unless you are trying to experiment with hop varieties. And since that actually sounds great! I have to add that a cascade male, bred to a proven cascade female wont necessarily produce a seed that would produce a plant with any decent qualities. From what I've read hop "breeders" basically go through acres of experimental crosses before they come across one with good potential which they then reproduce by natures cloning process, the rhizome.Run3minman said:Why does male and female matter??? Just curious.
All the males I've ever seen growing look just like females (opposite leaf orientation) as opposed to being somewhat staggered so you can't really tell until the reproductive parts begin to show(as long as you know what the females look like). You generally have plenty of time, once you figure out you have a male, before they begin to release pollen so you can just make a few snips at ground level to make sure your females don't develop seeds.I vaguely remember from my *cough* younger days, that male and female plants from a very closely related plant would differentiate by the way the leaves grew to the stem. One would have little shoots directly opposed to each other and the other was staggered.
Of course that was before the Internet so it could have been just urban legend.