Originally Posted by bellmtbbq
No, it's for sure a scam. In effect, there isn't a single Amarillo seed out there in the world- every Amarillo plant is a female (cone producing)! Even if an Amarillo female was pollinated by a wild male, the seeds would be wildly genetically, and you'd have to plant hundreds of seeds to find one that emulates Amarillo's characteristics.
Finally, Amarillo plants are grown with apparently a very tall fence around the plants. The Amarillo are also not designated by variety on the field, so there's no way to know which variety is which if you broke in to steal any hypothetical seeds.
Your best chance for Amarillo would be to break into the fields.
There's no use of hop seeds for the average homebrewer or hop grower, unless you are doing genetic or breeding work with them (my case). It's a lot of hours and work but I enjoy it.
In other words, NO.
Thank you for confirming my suspicions.
I had high doubts when I saw it considering the patent on Amarillo hops and like you said, what we use are all female only and seeds would only be from contaminated specimens.
I did have a little hope that Amarillo gold was a separate, non patented variety with similar characteristics that would be a suitable substitute. Which is why I asked here.
Ordered 10lbs of Amarillo pellets instead. Thanks!