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hazedandconfused 05-02-2011 05:13 AM

Hop seeds viable?
I found seeds in the last three types of hops i purchased, Goldings, centennial, and cascade. I was hoping to try getting them to sprout and planting them along a powerline road(to which i have access rights) and seeing what may come of them in future years. I already know that they wont turn out like their parent plants and that most people grow with rhizomes. I was just hoping somebody with experience would tell me if i was wasting my time. Basically, would these seeds be viable?

NorthRiverS 05-02-2011 07:46 AM

Check out the "Hops Growing" section to get your questions answered.


MBasile 05-02-2011 07:57 AM

IIRC, seeds need to be pollenated (aka: knocked up) by the plant of the opposite gender. Also, IIRC correctly, the female hop plant is the only one that makes the hop cones/flowers, and therefore the male plant isn't planted in the hop fields, so the seeds you've found in your packs of hops are most likely not pollenated.

I'm not a farmer, but I did grow up in Salinas.

Gunfighter04 05-02-2011 11:21 AM

Try germinating them. Fold them inside a wet paper towel for a week and see if they sprout.

pjj2ba 05-02-2011 02:50 PM

Seeds won't develop unless they are pollinated. You have no way of knowing what male did the pollinating so you would have no clue what the hop will be like. To make matters worse. Every seed is unique, just like babies, so some might turn out to be fabulous, or it might have the worst trait of each parent. You'd have to plant a whole bunch and then pick the best ones.

It still would be fun to do though

Nurmey 05-02-2011 03:28 PM

They will be viable but may not be the right sex. You want the female plants only and with seeds you have a 50/50 chance that they will be male. If you are growing just for hops, buy starts. If you want to grow them for decoration (like that's going to happen around here) you can use the seeds.

Malintent 05-02-2011 05:10 PM

It's a seed, not an egg.. Seeds don't need to be pollinated. Eggs do.

Do what gunfighter suggested above... if they germinate, they are viable (but not necessarily any good). since it takes years before you get your first crop, I can't imagine how it could be worth the effort.

hazedandconfused 05-03-2011 05:09 AM

Im well aware of the fact that they could be completely different from the momma plants. They would just be a fun project to check in on as i go for hikes up in the mountians - i want to keep them far from the legit hops i have already planted. I remember reading somewhere that you have to refridgerate these seeds in moist environment or something to that effect, i dont remember but will read up on it. If anybody has any info id sure appreciate it.

pjj2ba 05-03-2011 03:07 PM


Originally Posted by Malintent (Post 2888477)
It's a seed, not an egg.. Seeds don't need to be pollinated. Eggs do.

Pollination is required to get that seed though. A seed starts out as an egg

Pollen lands on the stigma of the female flower. The pollen tube begins to grow down the stigma and with it, the two sperm nuclei from the pollen grain. Upon reaching the ovary, one sperm nuclei fertilizes the egg, to form the embryo (future plant). The other sperm nuclei fertilizes the 2 polar nuclei in the embryo sac to form the endosperm. In dicots (like hops) the endosperm is "consumed" by the developing embryo. The embryo forms two cotyledons which store food for when the seed germinates. In monocots (like barley) the endosperm persists and enlarges and is the source of food for the germinating embryo - and us in the form of flour

davefleck 05-03-2011 06:47 PM

Fuggle is the only hop that should ever come with seeds. The rest should never be introduced to males and thus never develop seeds. Return them and get your money back

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