Hop Rhizomes on Order

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    Hop Rhizome It All Starts Here

    It’s that time of year to get going on ordering rhizomes if you have not already.  I am in Minnesota so our soil is still frozen and will be for another month.  Hop rhizomes are hardy so they can be planted before most plants in Minnesota (once the soil thaws).  In Minnesota, May 15th’ ish is the generally the frost free date for most plants.  Hops can handle frost (rhizomes will be underground for a bit once planted and are more “northern climate” tolerant than most vegetables and other plants.

    I will be chronologically documenting this years hop garden from rhizome to harvest (if any the first year).  They should be arriving soon and I will document the life cycle of this years planting.   This batch of beer hops will be Nugget, Magnum and Cascade hops.  Two high alpha (bittering) and one aromatic (cascade) – there is crossover with bittering and aroma with hops but they are generally under those classifications.

    More to come soon!

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    1. hoppy mike says:

      Second year growth for me. My Mt Hood is 7 ft tall now, southern exposure. Others average around 3ft. Located in cold Montana but doing great, vines have survived 25 degrees.

    2. rald-in-mt says:

      in AZ I would reccomend LOTS of mulch an drip irrigation.. plenty of water.. especially year 1

    3. Moose,
      I was in AZ last week for my son’s wedding (Scottsdale at the Troon Country Club). I stayed with my daughter and husband and my 2 grandkids in Mesa (small world huh?). Beautiful this time of year there. I am interested how your hops do in AZ. Keeping the containers out of the sun and surface mulched should protect the roots from baking and drying out. Keep us posted. Best of luck.

    4. Hey Chad,
      I sent you an email where I got my hop rhizomes from (Northern Brewer who gets them from – might as well go straight to Anyway, I have been asked a lot where to buy hop rhizomes so I am compiling a list. This is late in the season so get them fast. About half of the hop rhizome sources are done for 2009 already. You want them in the ground soon – worst case if they all sell out, find a local hop grower (homebrew hop growing enthusiast and talk them into digging up a couple rhizomes for you). I will have a new post today with a list of where to buy hop rhizomes.

    5. Moose says:

      Another first year grower, but I’m in Mesa, Arizona. Got my Willamette and Chinook in the pot (HUGE Pots)in early april. They’re 12″ and trained to the vine already. I did a sun survey of my yard and found a great place to put’em where the pot doesn’t get too much sun and cook the roots, but enough long sun for the bines to grow. They have already had a few days near 100 and did very well.

    6. Dener77 says:

      Hey “Growing Hops”. I live in Eden Prairie and decided a few days ago that I wanted to grow hops along our fence. I stumbled on this site and was curious where you ordered your rhizomes from?


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