|Nuggets on the twine, hop stain on the hand|
I am selecting just three vines this year to grow. Last year I experimented with allowing 5 or more grow and found no benefits to the production. I am also not cutting back my vines to the ground. Two and three years ago I also experimented cutting all vines back some plants within the rows when they reached two feet or more to see if that would stimulate later cone production. I found no later cone production and no increase in harvest.
All of my experiments were carried out within the rows of different varieties leaving some untouched and some altered. It is my firm belief that our main problem in cone production is the day lengths associated with our southern most latitude. I would love to experiment with night lights to see if there might be a change. More about that later.
I have noticed this year a tiny (1/8 inch) fly or wasp? on the tips of my vines.
|Highbush blueberry blooms|
Don't be confused though. There are lots of carpenter bees out there on them that look like a honey bee. These devils are nectar thieves and do not pollinate. Note below
I am hoping to open the U-Pick up next year, stay tuned for that. We are also going to try some rabbiteye varieties this year. I am just about 200 feet above where they are safe to grow, but I feel I should be OK. We will see.