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BSBrewer 02-22-2010 06:48 PM

1st Time growing hops...some Qs
So I just bought a house in August and have really gotten into the homebrewing since.

At the back of my property there is 7 8'x3' planter boxes that the old owner had tons of veges in and I was thinking of dedicating a few to growing hops.

I was thinking of ordering from here: http://www.beer-wine.com/products/hop-rhizomes but how many of these would I need per planter?

From what I've read you shouldn't allow 2 types to cross so I figured each planter will be dedicated to one type of hops.

Thoughts on how many to order?

GMesick 02-22-2010 07:44 PM

Lucky you! I would go with 3 of each kind (one on each end of the bed and one in the middle). Then follow the usual "how-to" guidance about only letting the 3 or 4 strongest bines grow each year. If you want more rhizomes, you will be able to dig them up in a couple years and divide them. And if you are on a real tight budget, you can start with just one of each and divide them in a couple years. They will increase and multiply! The trade-off is time and money. But I don't think I would ever go with more than, say, five in beds that size. They will choke each other out.

netjunk1e 02-22-2010 09:15 PM

If you want lots of hops, I would do 7 types, with spaced 2' so thats 3-4 plants per box. The first year, you may not get many hops, I had a very good first year, with 3/4# per plant, but don't count on it.

I got my plants from freshops.com Lots of good info there also.

cheezydemon3 02-22-2010 09:21 PM

Your trellis is something to consider too.

Nickeldeposit 02-22-2010 10:01 PM

rhizomes can be had cheaper than those prices.

BSBrewer 02-22-2010 10:43 PM


Originally Posted by Nickeldeposit (Post 1901205)
rhizomes can be had cheaper than those prices.

care to share where? I'd just as soon pick them up (in Northern NJ) but the mailing cost seemed expensive. If you have a better place please let me know.

GoldMiner 02-22-2010 10:49 PM

I ordered some from http://www.midwestsupplies.com/ .

All were $4.25 each and shipping was cheaper.

Nickeldeposit 02-23-2010 01:55 AM

Freshhops, Midwest, Norther Brewer maybe cheaper

bohdan987 02-23-2010 02:24 AM

i ordered my yesterday from midwest supplies for 4.25 each
Subtotal 29.75, free shipping.:mug:
i tryed to grow hops last year but thanks to my brother and weed killer it didint work out.:mad: i have to move my trelis to different spot this time.

BSBrewer 02-23-2010 01:58 PM

any recommendation on what a 1st time grower should go with?

I'm doing Cascade without a doubt but I'm torn on what my 2nd/3rd choices should be...thoughts on most versatile

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