Sunday, May 17, 2009

Increasing growth rate and many new shoots

The growth rate is really starting to pick up again. The tallest of the bines now reaches taller then I am up the twine. I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to once it reaches the top of the pole. The original plan was to loosen the twine and let it loop down, but now I'm not sure if that would be good for the bine or not.

Both plants also have a lot of new bine shoots coming off the main existing bines. There's at least five new ones in this photo of the Cascade plant. I'm definitely going to have to add a third and possibly fourth twine for all the new shoots to climb.

I've also noticed side arms are beginning to develop along the bines at the junction of the bine and each leaf stem. These side arms are where the flowers or burrs will grow which develop into the hop cone. I'm taking this as a good sign that I may actually get some hop cones to harvest this year, but its way to early to tell for sure.

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