Growing your own hops with rhizomes

We just got hop rhizomes in and this is the time to start planting them.  I’m the first person to admit that I’m not an expert on growing hops… however, I am an expert on spending too much time on the internet, so I’ve compiled this list of very good resources that should summarize everything you need to know about growing your own hops with the rhizomes we sell in the store.

Midwest growing guide: Midwest has written an excellent starter guide about how to grow your hops.  You should read this first, because it will cover 90% of your questions.

Hops Direct video: This video has a lot of fluff, but what you’ll want to watch is at 0:45 were the guy in the video shows exactly how to orient the rhizome when planting it.

Detailed manual from Crannog Ales: This PDF goes into some deep detail.  It’s probably more than you’ll ever need to know, but if you really want to do some research, many consider the bible of low volume organic hop growing.

Here’s a picture of an ideal trellis structure to grow your hops on.  Hops can grow up to 25feet tall, so don’t plant them around your mailbox.

Finally, a few pictures of actual hop harvests, taken by homebrewers: 1, 2, 3, 4

Now let’s get planting!

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3 Responses to Growing your own hops with rhizomes

  1. Chris says:

    Last year, we compiled a list of which hop varieties grow well in NC and some of their characteristics – Growing Hops in NC. Also, if you don’t have a ton of vertical space, I tried it out, and it is possible to grow hops in a pot on an apartment balcony – Growing Hops in Limited Space.

    Just wanted to share some more info for all the soon-to-be hop growers out there. This year, we just built a 25-foot long trellis where we’ll be planting 12 rhizomes – 4 different varieties!

  2. admin says:

    This is great, thanks for sharing the links! Wow, 12 rhizomes is going to make A LOT of hops…

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