Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hop Cones on Both Plants

The bines on both plants have slowed down their growth rate and are not increasing in length nearly as quickly. However, the good news is that both have started developing some nice hop cones. Once cones start to develop, you need to check them often to get a feel on how they're are developing so you know when they are ready to be picked. I've done a lot of searching online and the general consensus is that the cones should be a yellowish green to a light green in colour and feel relatively light and dry. If you squeeze the hop cone and it stays compressed, then they are not ready to be picked. Some of the Cascade cones actually look like they may be ready and have plenty of yellow lupulin in the cones when I pull them apart.

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