Hop Strobiles / Burrs Forming on Cascade and Magnum HopsBy
to not allow the hops to be pollinated and form seeds in their cones. That is why female plants are grown for hops and if further propagation is desired, hop rhizomes are cut from the females to replicate as female hops. The rhizomes grow out from the crown just under the soil surface and hop sprouts will pop up and spread like crazy unless you keep them trimmed.
You might notice the haze in the picture (above the roof line). it is from 100+ Canadian wildfires currently burning. I suppose we should ban trees and lightning as they contribute to global warming – ok, enough venting on the eco-nazi’s.
The Cascade and Magnum Hops are forming burrs or the beginning of hop cones. They always precede the Nugget hops by 2 or so weeks (late bloomer). All 3 bines should be loaded with hop cones over the next 2 months.
We are finally getting some sunshine (though hazy the last couple of days). If this keeps up, I will have a “normal” harvest – the last couple have been weak. Late and cold springs have limited my hop harvests lately. I have been feeding these hops: top dressed compost I make myself, Azomite minerals and foliar feeding of fish emulsion with kelp and soil
“activators” (beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizae). It seems to have made up for less sunshine and cooler temperatures. The soil where these hops are planted was just fill/sand. I added homemade compost and composted manure to give it some nutrition and structure. I continually top dress the ground with new compost and kelp (and recently Azomite to provide even more minerals and trace minerals that supply every mineral need.