Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hops 2014

Spring has definitely sprung here in South Eastern Washington, and nothing to me is more indicative than the spring hop shoots, where one is able to notice new growth daily. Today I set up the seasonal hopcam. This will be the third year in a row for the hopcam, and there is really no visual difference between the years. It's actually pretty boring to look at, except every so often there will be a photo of cats and even a human, but those are rare.

I save one photo per day at 3:30pm PST as an arvhie, which I will put into a time-lapse video at the end of the year.

This year, while setting up the trellis', I made a discovery. My two Centennial plants do not appear to be two Centennial plants.
The leaf has 3 sections/points

This leaf has 5 sections/points
The leaves between the two are very different. The first plant has 3 distinct sections/points, while the second plant has leaves with 5 distinct sections/points (more pot like). The cones look the same on both plants, so when I harvested I would throw them all together, because I thought I had two Centennials. The 5 point Centennial I picked up at a local nursery and it was clearly identified as Centennial. I do not believe they are supposed to sell hop plants locally in this area, due to the commercial growers. I do not remember where I got the other 3 leaf plant...

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