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Old 02-18-2010, 08:30 PM   #1
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Me and a friend were considering growing hops. I noticed on Ebay hops generally sell for around $25 CDN per 16oz, sound about right? We have about 650 square feet to work with most of which receives full sunlight. We live in southern Ontario and from what I understand hops can be grown in southern Ontario? I have access to free wood at work so building some sort of structure to support the vines would cost nothing.

Could this plan make us some money or not enough to make it worth while?

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Most hops yield a maximum of 2000 lbs per acre. Your potential is around 30 lbs/year.



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It will take a year or two before you get anything worth selling. Keep that in mind.

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Most hops yield a maximum of 2000 lbs per acre. Your potential is around 30 lbs/year.
Is that 30lbs of dried hops or un-dried?
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It will take a year or two before you get anything worth selling. Keep that in mind.
...on the brewing market. herbal supplement may have an interest.
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Im putting in 200 plants in the coming weeks,

You are vastly underestimating the amount of work involved.

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Im putting in 200 plants in the coming weeks,

You are vastly underestimating the amount of work involved.
Well I'll be honest. I haven't researched how to take care of them. All I really found out is they grow like weeds, probably not unless you know what your doing? If it involves spraying and trimming like grape vines do, then I probably wont bother. I figured I could build some kind of wooden support for the vines and pretty much let them do the rest.
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The cost of getting a lab analysis of their alpha acid content alone would probably wipe out your profits. Right now hops are around $10-$15 per pound, dried and pelletized. Hops are not a cash crop.
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If you are a homebrewer,plant them.If you have a local brew pub,that will work out a trade for some beer,plant them.If you just need to become obsessed with a very unique plant,plant some.If you have some friends that are home brewers that are always looking for hops ,plant some.If you are looking for profit only,forget about it.To small a space.Cheers Glen

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I'm with Glen on this one. 650 square feet is around 1.5% of an acre. 30 lbs dried would be very ambitious and you wouldn't see that until year 3 or 4.

Assuming you get $20/lb...that's $600. Annual lab testing will run $50 to $100 per variety. You'll need to buy a vacuum sealer and packaging materials, there are shipping costs, nutrient costs, etc.

Grow them for fun in that small of an areas.



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