Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hops - Day 36

Taken on the weekend.

"Hops 1" is doing ok. The second stalk is climbing up its own twine (difficult to see).

For "hops 2" I added additional twine upward on the left, which you can't see in the photo. A couple of the lower leaves look like they may have been munched on by insects. I inspected them and couldn't see any. I'm not sure if it's normal, but where the plant roots into the soil, the stem/stalk has become brown. I hope that doesn't mean it's dying. It also has an additional sprout coming out of the soil.

The peonies growing near the hops are showing some signs of powdery mildew. That seems to happen every year, but I'm pretty sure it's because they're so dense and there's not a lot of airflow within their foliage. They have bloomed and the flowers have died, so if it gets out of hand I'll cut them down completely so they don't infect the hops. They're not showing any signs of it.

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