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yeasty 06-23-2009 08:59 PM

help a new grower get started !
just got my hop rhizome in the mail today...probably not the best purchase as its just came in a ziploc bag with a wet paper towel around it. gonna do the best i can with what i got !

what do i do with this thing ?

Brewsmith 06-23-2009 09:09 PM

Plant it...


Put it either in the ground or a big pot (12'' dia. or bigger) with the rhizome horizontal. If there are nodes or sprouts on it they need to be facing up.

Use a good poting soil and if you put it in the ground, you want soil that drains well. If you have very clayey soil, mix in some sand and some compost, mulch or potting soil. Give it more space than you think you need. If it's in the ground, I'd prep an area about 3' in daimeter about a foot deep. Plant it a couple inches below the surface, ground or pot.

yeasty 06-23-2009 09:19 PM

thanks...il do some searchin on the forum too !

humann_brewing 06-23-2009 09:41 PM

wow, where did you get a rhizome this time of year?

yeasty 06-23-2009 09:44 PM

it was shipped to me from california...got it on ebay. its cascade.

i am wondering if i should grow it indoors until next season......

ThreeDogsNE 06-23-2009 10:23 PM

I just bought four Nugget rhizomes from Freshops last week. I put them out two days ago in some large pots filled with a topsoil/compost/peat mix with a little Miracle Grow sprinkled in. I put them about an inch under the surface, most vertical, and one horizontal just as an experiment. I too thought about keeping them inside, but decided to put them out in the back yard. We'll see what happens.

I know, I should have done this a couple of months ago, but it just wasn't the time. The price I paid for hops at my LHBS was steep enough that I didn't want to waste a year on getting the bines started. As is, the three rhizomes cost less (at $4 each) than 4 ounces of hop pellets.

I actually bought three rhizomes, and Freshops sent me four! Delivery was quick. I plan to get other varieties next year, but Nugget was all they had left. I'll order from them again!

yeasty 06-23-2009 10:41 PM

what should a fresh rhizome look like ? mine does not seem fresh. it has brown ends and some brown patches on the "stalk".

cuinrearview 06-23-2009 11:01 PM


Originally Posted by yeasty (Post 1395886)
what should a fresh rhizome look like ? mine does not seem fresh. it has brown ends and some brown patches on the "stalk".

There is no "stalk" on a rhizome, it's just a hunk of root from a mature plant. It should be brown, it should look ugly, and if you put in under some dirt it will one day make you some beer:mug:.

yeasty 06-23-2009 11:59 PM

sure i understand that but if this was cut from a living plant it was quite a long time ago. the ends dont just look brown but rotten and mushy as well as another spot on the "root" that looks like it was a break and is also rotten. i know its late in the season but i feel as if i should complain....dont want to if that is normal....

alcibiades 06-24-2009 07:29 AM

I too would like to get a start on hop growing (even if its late in the season). But I couldn't find any hope rhizomes for sale in either the sites listed or ebay. Do you have seller info on the guy who sold them to you?

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