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tomitillo26 04-12-2013 02:29 PM

Growing Hop Rhizomes
I'm a bit of a gardener (tomatoes, cucumbers etc) and I was thinking about planting 4 hop rhizomes in the garden. Does anyone have experience growing them? Also can they be transplanted because I'm looking to move in about two years.

Sloobie 04-12-2013 03:19 PM

There's a whole section of this forum devoted to growing hops. There's a lot of good knowledge there, and there are plenty of books on the subject if you're serious about growing them.

The hop rhizomes that you buy are pretty much just root cuttings, so I imagine if you dug up the plant in the fall and took a main section of the root network with you, they would be transportable. That being said, they typically don't produce hops in the first (or even second) years, so you'd have to let the plant establish itself again before getting any kind of usable yield at the new place. It may just be better to wait and buy the rhizomes after your move.

Zamial 04-12-2013 03:21 PM

There is an entire section below dedicated to this very topic. I would HIGHLY recommend checking it out as it will answer all your questions for you.

In a nutshell: yes you can plant them and then move them years later. Hops produce little if any cones the 1st year.

Nightshade 04-12-2013 03:24 PM

Yes they can be transplanted, best to try and wait until after "harvest".
They are easy to grow in just about any soil much like it's cousin (marijuana) but to get the most out fo your hops and best production there are things you can do to enrich the soil, watering schedule and sunlight maximization as with any plant.

tomitillo26 04-13-2013 02:12 PM

Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to wait until after we move being that it can take upwards of two years for the plants to mature.

FrugalEndeavorsFarm 04-13-2013 04:26 PM

Why not grow some in a container? You'll have mature plants when you get to your new place.

feinbera 04-14-2013 11:16 PM

+1 on the container.

I've got a centennial in a (very large) pot on my balcony that produced enough cones in its first year to brew a five-gallon fresh hop batch; just re-strung the twine for the second year, and am seriously considering picking up a cascade to keep it company.

Worst-case scenario, you start out at your new place with big, robust crowns rarin' to go instead of rhizomes you're not even sure are gonna come up. But if you've got a sunny spot and take moderately good care of 'em, you can count on getting at least a couple dry ounces to add a home-grown touch to whatever you're brewing in late Fall.

tomitillo26 04-16-2013 03:10 PM

I may try the container method because I really want to try this and I don't want to wait 2-3 years before doing so. My only concern is what if I sell my house say during the Spring or Summer months after the hop vines have begun to grow. What do I do then? It would be some sight with me trying to move these containers back east with plants that are established and growing.

chemman14 04-16-2013 03:56 PM

If you go the container method let me suggest smart pots! www.smartpots.com. I currently have 2 45 gallon ones and they are working out great!

sashurlow 04-16-2013 09:30 PM

"It would be some sight with me trying to move these containers back east with plants that are established and growing."
You would not be the first person to move a large house plant in a pot. Think about potted ficus trees. Its very do-able. Worst case scenerio is that you loose years worth of growth. Best case scenerio is that you would wind up the vines and re-string them with no harm.

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