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Old 10-04-2012, 07:02 PM   #1
Aug 2012
Pennington, NJ
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Hi all,

I was wondering if any of you had a source for where to buy hop seeds inexpensively, I'd like to try a coolexperiment this winter under a grow light and rhizomes would be too big I think. Absolutely any kind would work, the C varities may work better because I plan on doing some crossing later on. Thanks a lot!

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Old 10-04-2012, 11:59 PM   #2
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Feb 2012
Grass Valley, CA
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I don't think the seeds are that readily available. If you have access to plants take a clipping off of the end of a bine and plant that, maybe an 8-12 inch section. Rooting hormone might help but I don't think it will be necessary.

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Old 10-06-2012, 08:45 AM   #3
Dec 2011
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Hops seeds are for sell on different websites and ebay.

I would try to cross a Cascade with a male plant from a seed.

Might make a nice one. Another member posted how his new hop plant had a peach smell (not 100% sure) in his brew.

I wouldn't try if you are aiming at a certain clone. (trying to make your own Citra would be like winning the lotto twice in a row).

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Old 12-05-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
Oct 2012
Los Angeles County, CA
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Hello bellmtbbq,

You could try:

This is the USDA seed bank for wild hops. They don't give out seeds for the standard varieties like Cascade. I think because the seeds are open pollinated and they could not guarantee who the father plant would be. These seeds pretty much seem to be seeds for wild North American varieties.

They also have rhizomes and in-vitro plant cultures:


These plants they can guarantee the lineage for. They typically will not give you a rhizome for something that is commercially available. Also I have had mixed luck with getting free stuff from the USDA. Half of the times they send me something and the other half of the times they make a lame excuse about why they can't send something. They will say that they don't send stuff to home gardeners or they don't send stuff that is already commercially available.

I have never asked for anything hop related from the USDA so I don't know how friendly the staff in Oregon is. If anybody does go this route please post back whether they were successful or not. I am going to wait till March and ask for rhizomes of something like Sorachi Ace since you can't buy those rhizomes.

I may ask for some wild North American seeds so I can breed them with some of the known varieties so I can create something new.

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