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Old 10-17-2006, 02:21 AM   #1
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Sep 2006
Green Bay, WI
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Has anyone grown hops from seeds? Reason I'm asking is because last spring I purchased some hops seeds cheap and I was gonna grow them, but I never got around to it. It had more to do with having to build a hops trellis, which from what I heard would have to be quite solid and at least 7 feet tall, to accommodate the sheer size of the plant when it grows. It was a project that I couldn't dedicate much time to, so it fell by the wayside. I guess my question is if anybody here grew good hops from seeds. From what I seen, most posters recommend getting the rhizomes of a known variety and going from there. The seeds are labeled Humulus Lupus, which I believe refers to all hops varieties. I hope the seeds are still good for next spring, and hope I have more ambition than I did this past year..

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Old 10-17-2006, 04:13 AM   #2
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I don't know .... the only problem I see I guess is that only a female plant will produce hops. And seeing that many plants take a couple of years to produce many hops even from ryzomes that a long time to wait to tell. Maybe others have more insite.
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Old 10-17-2006, 04:40 PM   #3
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The only people I know that grow hops from seeds are hop breeders. Your seeds are a little like a pig in a poke. They might produce good hops, but more likely they are ornamentals. As mentioned, only the female plants produce flowers & having male plants around will divert energy from making resin to producing seeds.

Ryzomes are only a few bucks each, you'll know what you are getting & typically, you don't need a big (12-16 feet, not 7) trellis until the second year.
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:03 PM   #4
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here's my experience with trying to grow hops from seeds. maybe it'll help?


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