Hop roots – Rhizomes ( grow your own hops )

 

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roots into plant, babies:

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prior years planting (hops come back every year):

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Hop rhizomes are basically the roots of a hop plant.  Brew stores sell these in the Spring.

My local brew stores had about a dozen to select from, (in picture above) are Chinook Hops.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hops

A descent brew store will have some growing tip fliers printed out, so that you can read all about what you need to do.  Basically plant them on their side about 6 inches deep.  Eventually you will need a trellis as hops like to climb.  Hops are bines, not vines like grapes.  Regardless they link to climb.

Once the plant reaches the top of the trellis, guess what, it wants to climb even more, so most people then train them on a slightly sloped rope (that’s what we do).

Hops come back every year, like grapes and even stronger year over year and yield more and more…  hops.  It’s important to pick a permanent spot for the hop plant, it’s not something that you should ever be transplanting in relation to your property and optimum sun exposure times should be picked.

Expect to pay about $5 per root.

It’s important to learn all aspects of how-to-grow hops, especially how to correctly harvest (when) and dry hops before packaging them for long term storage.  If you incorrectly dry the hops, they can turn moldy on you and your entire years effort just was flushed down the toilet!

Hop On and Grow some Hops!

 

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