You might remember a previous post that showed a healthy sprout that was new to our yard. That sprout was one of six hops rhizomes planted in mid April, and all six have been growing steadily ever since. The two plants on the left side of the photo below are the Cascade variety, and the four on the right are Willamette.
The Willamette rhizomes were more dormant than the Cascade when planted, and have lagged in growth so far, but all the plants appear healthy and vigorous. I've had to prune several sprouts so that each rhizome only has two or three bines left to grow, and several of the bines have lost their leading central stem and have adapted by pushing lateral branches upward. I've followed the common practice of stretching a wire for the bine to grow on, and it didn't take much coaxing to get the plant to wind itself around the wire clockwise while climbing ever higher.
Here's a zoomed-in view of a few of the cones in an early stage of development. Dozens of these little flowers have emerged in just a few days, and I anticipate it will be entertaining to watch them grow and develop. I'll do my best to document as much of the cone development as possible. Thanks for visiting!