Hop Rhizomes In the Ground

    Insulated Magnum Rhizome
    Nugget Hop Rhizome
    Cascade Hop in the Ground

    April 11, 2009 – Well I did it.  I couldn’t wait.  Let’s hope I don’t regret this early hop planting for Minnesota.  I checked all available potential hop garden spots in my yard.  The ground was frozen in every one of them except on the south side of my garage which was my intention and first choice.  The soil preperation I did last fall seems to be working well.  The soil is loose and full of decomposed organic matter (leaves and grass clippings and wood ashes).

    I built mounds and planted the Cascade, Magnum and Nugget rhizomes 2-3 inches deep and mulched over them with a couple inches of leaves to insulate and keep the soil from warming up from the sun.  Where I live, Bloomington, Minnesota will freeze several more times so I am trying to delay the rhizomes from sprouting (I don’t care if the roots grow, I just don’t want the bines to sprout yet and freeze).

    Next weekend I have a wedding, I have to work the weekend after that…  I just didn’t feel comfortable letting the hop rhizomes sit in my refrigerator that long (my vegetables don’t last long  and it has a tendency to freeze now and again) it has already been a couple weeks.  Wish me luck!

    Categories : Growing Hops


    1. Caveman4hire,

      Welcome to the hop growing club! We all know your excitement – it does not fade over time either. Keep them watered (without drowning them). The first year, until the hop crowns/root stock gets established, they require more water. After year 1, the roots are established and they are not as vulnerable to drying out. It is good to mulch the ground to help prevent evaporation (grass clippings, leaves, compost, hay or straw…).

      Touch base with local hop hop growers (local home brew clubs, forums…) as to their experiences with your climate, weather, hop varieties that do well… they will have some good advice. Best of luck and keep us posted on your experiences good or bad.

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