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Old 03-13-2013, 12:36 AM   #1
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Default Growing hops from seed

Before anyone helpfully points out that hops don't grow true from seed - I know... That is exactly the point.

After searching high and low (including this board) for hop pollen/males, I decided to take a step back and sprout my own males for breeding purposes. Thanks to friends on the internet, I am working with wild hops from Wyoming, Colorado and Saskatchewan, Canada.

This week, the first plant to sprout (Wyoming) produced a set of true leaves.

Feel free to follow along: http://gabriel.nagmay.com/2013/03/hops-from-seed/

I would also appreciate any advice/resources that you might have.

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Very cool, good luck with your project.

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Cool, but what precautions were you taking to make sure of the breeding? In other words, how do you know which male was the father?

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how do you know which male was the father?
With this first generation (the ones that are sprouting now), I have no way of knowing. Since they were collected from the wild, the assumption is that they are either:
  • Escaped from commercial growing operations (life finds a way)
  • Or, native/wild to this continent: Humulus lupulus neomexicanus

The real goal is to identify a male plant and collect pollen for the breeding further generations crossed with known varieties. For that, I plan to use pollen isolation bags for collecting and distributing the pollen. Basically, you just wrap a bag around the male flowers to collect the pollen. Then, after hand pollinating the female plant, you wrap it in a second bag to ensure that no other pollen reaches it.
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After another week the first seedling has developed strong roots and another set of leaves. You can also clearly see the formation of the hooks on the bine:

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Neat! Subscribed to see how this fun project progresses.

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After another week the first seedling has developed strong roots and another set of leaves. You can also clearly see the formation of the hooks on the bine:
Looking forward to how this progresses
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Subbed out of pure curiosity.

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The seedling are coming along nicely.

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I've been thinking I've would like to try my hand in making my own strain of hops( well many years down the road, being my first year and I not very in tune with correctly crossing breeds), but I was thinking it when the time comes of stressing the female plant to the point it becomes a hermaphrodite. I would try to go this route because because Oregon has pretty struck laws.

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