Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cones continuing to develop nicely

A few more photos of the hop cones developing on the Cascade. I've pretty much given up on getting anything off the Nugget this year.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Scattered showers keep temps cooler

More frequent cloud cover and a few scattered showers have helped to keep the heat down a little and occasionally provide some much needed moisture.

The Cascade has really been sprouting out the hop burrs recently. The Nugget, on the other hand, appears to be a little lazy.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Growth slowing; fertilized

The overall growth of the main bines on both plants appears to be slowing, if not completely stopped. There are still some side shoots that are continuing to grow longer, but both plants seem to be concentrating on produce side arms and hop burrs. The cascade plant is pretty loaded with hop burrs, but the Nugget has considerably less.

Fertilized with Miracle-Gro Liquid All Purpose Plant Food at lunch time and manually water until water seen dripping out the bottom of the pots.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Continued growth and never-ending heat

Its been very hot... the hottest June on record, actually. I'm very happy and surprised that that both hop plants are still alive. We did get a nice heavy rain and thunderstorm last Monday evening though, first time in over two months and this week is looking like we may get a sprinkle or two. But, its still really damn hot.

The Cascade is looking really good, lots of new growth after the main big vine appeared to have gotten pinched and died. Lots of side arms with burrs starting to form into little hop cones.

Some of the older big leaves on the Nugget, however, are getting brownish, crusty spots. Perhaps the direct Texas sun is too much for its leaves? And the bine is showing more and more colouration of a bruised banana.