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1st photo: 2nd year Zeus. 2nd photo: 7-y.o. Columbus (yeah, I know they're basically the same variety. :) ) They're all flowering like crazy and it should be a good harvest this year.

I'm using old fermentation buckets as a poor-man's drip irrigation system since it's been really hot & dry here in Central Ohio the past few weeks.
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2nd yr (from crowns last yr) Hartwick on the left Arcadian on the right. It's a good thing we discovered the pineapple notes in my hartwick ale mixes well with the orange seltzer (women 😁) because some of those are getting Harvested together and I'm not separating them. 18 ft is apparently not high enough and I'm worried my twine might not hold once hops form. Though there are two twines per plant and each held 15 lb weights. So maybe I'll be ok.
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Japanese beetles and planthoppers are livin the life eating, pooping, and having sex all over my plants. Other than that things are doing pretty good in their first year cones are filling in👍

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Japanese beetles and planthoppers are livin the life eating, pooping, and having sex all over my plants. Other than that things are doing pretty good in their first year cones are filling in👍
those were giving me trouble also.
I now have neem oil and insecticidal soap in a pump sprayer and I spray the plants every two weeks in the evening or early morning and they seem to have left them alone for the most part.
but at this point the hartwick are so dense it's spray and pray.

i'm worried about aphids the most.
I went on vacation for a week and came back to an infestation.
I do have chives now growing at the base of my hop box and removed the lower leaves so hope fully all of that will keep them safeish.
 

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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.
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First year plants. Chinook on the left. Cascade on the right. I also have Hallertau and Styrian Golding, but they are not photo worthy.
 

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Update: The Multihead that I planted on July 9th has taken a liking to it’s new home. The tallest bine has grown a foot in 2 days.
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What is that growing on? Appears a single post?
Growing on an obelisk with twine wrapped around it. By the end now you can't see the obelisk anymore. This is a photo from five years ago early in the season. I used to have 2 of them.
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I love that setup compared to my wire trellis. I like how it’s more like a Bush. I have mine on my property line and I would enjoy the privacy that would bring to my back yard.

How tall are they? Where did you get them?

Growing on an obelisk with twine wrapped around it. By the end now you can't see the obelisk anymore. This is a photo from five years ago early in the season. I used to have 2 of them.View attachment 693759
 

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Thanks, one is 8ft, the other 7ft. I have them in my raised bed garden area and wanted something decorative. Plus I can easily reach the hops to pick at harvest time. The bines would love to grow higher and instead grow back downwards and wrap around themselves. I keep the obelisks out all year round, through New England winters, and they still look great. This is a link:

 

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Wind and rain today took my hops down. Bent the galvanized pipes in a way I never thought possible.
Clearly my Infrastructure was not strong enough for 3rd yr harvest.
not sure what I’ll do but assuming it involves me and a rope standing on the roof after work. Then throwing a line over a branch on the tree to the right. Long 2x4’ isn’t an option nor is more long pipe. The bines are still I Intack it seems so may not of lost too much.
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No way! That’s crazy and I’m sorry for your loss. Are those cones ripe enough to pick? Seems like harvesting what you can would be first priority.
 

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No way! That’s crazy and I’m sorry for your loss. Are those cones ripe enough to pick? Seems like harvesting what you can would be first priority.
no. too soon to harvest but it looks like the bines were not damaged.

I have some ratchet straps, threaded eye bolts, plumbers strapping and lag bolts plus large trees.
It won't be pretty, but I think I got this.

work day is just about over and heading out now.
will report back.
 

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janky as hell but it works.
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left side is ratchet strapped to my weight bench through the window. :yes:
Right side is just pulled taut and high enough so I can walk under. I didn't want to damage the gazeebo by going to the tree behind it.
this should hold until harvest time.
Only lost a few dozen cones. i'll just put them in the camp fire. :)

The Arcadian on the right are starting to brown on some cones but can't tell from touch because they are soaked from the downpour.
I think they will be ready in a week or maybe more. when I bust them open they smell more grassy than hoppy.

the hartwick matured late last yr. I was bagging them late september after a week of drying.

both plants have some lower cones that are still new.

next yr I think i'm going with 4 4x 16's in the ground and building a 4 or 5 ft trellis to let them spread out so they aren't all bunched up and because it will support them better.
will only be about 12ft tall but from what i've seen these things will just take that extra vertical space and my harvest won't be hurt much.
hell I still have 9oz of hartwick from last yr.
 

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I got 6 Cascade plants growing in their first year. I originally planted rhizomes in late spring and after a month of no growth, realized the drainage was so bad that they just rotted. So I dug the planters out, filled them with compost and replanted already sprouting hops. I got a couple plants that are growing good and I'll actually get some hops from but otherwise I'm just hoping they'll get nice and established to give me a big haul next year.
 

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Just harvested my Chinook today. First year plant. Any guess on how much this will weigh? (Just started the drying process) I was planning on buying a vacuum sealer and sealing these, but for as much as I have (probably not much) I’m thinking I may as well just make a Smash to see how they are.
 

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Nice! The easy way to figure it out is to weigh them wet, and then divide that number by 5. That’s roughly the dried weight you’ll end up with. Based on just the pictures, it looks like 1-2 oz dry. Total guess.
 
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Wind and rain today took my hops down. Bent the galvanized pipes in a way I never thought possible.
Clearly my Infrastructure was not strong enough for 3rd yr harvest.
not sure what I’ll do but assuming it involves me and a rope standing on the roof after work. Then throwing a line over a branch on the tree to the right. Long 2x4’ isn’t an option nor is more long pipe. The bines are still I Intack it seems so may not of lost too much. View attachment 695336View attachment 695337
Can you sink eyelets into the eaves? Run a rope through and down to the bones for next year? I will post pictures of mine if no one else has on this thread.
 
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This is 3rd year Centennial on the right, 2nd year Eroica on the left. I sank a heavy-duty eyelet screw into the eaves and ran cocoanut husk twine through each eyelet to set up two lines for each hop crown. It's been a weird summer in Los Angeles, temperature-wise, so some hops are getting mature flowers and others are just putting out burrs. Other than the 1st year plants, just building roots. The yellow tint to the pictures is because of the smoke and ash in the air from the SoCal fires.
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1st year Cascade. The previous 3 year old crown dried up and died.
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This is 2nd year Shaddock in front and 2nd year Old Mission in back, in between are two 1st years-Nugget and Crystal.
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Nugget.
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Nice! The easy way to figure it out is to weigh them wet, and then divide that number by 5. That’s roughly the dried weight you’ll end up with. Based on just the pictures, it looks like 1-2 oz dry. Total guess.
Those hops weighed just over 3 Oz.
 

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Can you sink eyelets into the eaves? Run a rope through and down to the bones for next year? I will post pictures of mine if no one else has on this thread.
I harvested two of the plants on the weekend and started the other two plants last night.
the sheer weight of these plants....i had no idea.
 
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Since this a fresher hop forum, maybe someone can answer this:

Does anyone harvest their hops in sections, allowing the plant to keep growing from the cut line? Or pick from the top and then let the rest of the plant continue to mature?

I am concerned that some of the hops at the top are ready, but the rest of the plant isn't.
 

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Yeah it’s normal for the canopy to ripen sooner go ahead and pick what’s ripe if you can reach it safely. That’s one benefit of homegrown vs commercial operations. I picked starting from the top then stopped and left the rest to finish drying on the vine a little longer. I wonder if this allows the lower half to ripen quicker
 

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This is 3rd year Centennial on the right, 2nd year Eroica on the left. I sank a heavy-duty eyelet screw into the eaves and ran cocoanut husk twine through each eyelet to set up two lines for each hop crown. It's been a weird summer in Los Angeles, temperature-wise, so some hops are getting mature flowers and others are just putting out burrs. Other than the 1st year plants, just building roots. The yellow tint to the pictures is because of the smoke and ash in the air from the SoCal fires.View attachment 697651

1st year Cascade. The previous 3 year old crown dried up and died.View attachment 697652

This is 2nd year Shaddock in front and 2nd year Old Mission in back, in between are two 1st years-Nugget and Crystal.View attachment 697653

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