When we last reported on our hops plants about four weeks ago, the bines were almost at their full length, and the cones had just started to appear. What a difference a few weeks makes! The cones are developing nicely, and although they are smaller than I expected, many of them are approaching full size.
This shot better illustrates just how many cones are developing on the Cascade bines. Unfortunately, the Willamette bines are showing a distinct paucity of cones, although plenty of foliage. I don't know if that reflects a difference in each variety's time to bear fruit, or is a reflection of the general health of the bine. When I planted the rhizomes, the Cascades were noticeably more robust.
It appears that we will at least have a good harvest of Cascade this year, and maybe next year will be more fruitful for the Willamette.