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Time to order Hops Rhizomes 2011

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

It is time to order hops rhizomes for spring planting. The sooner you plant hops rhizomes, the sooner you can start growing hops vines and enjoying home grown hops in your beer. This year I will plant a few new varieties around the site where my brew shed is going up.

hops rhizome
Hops Rhizomes Ready to be Planted

Hops are propagated by a root cutting called a rhizome (as opposed to seeds or starters). The rhizome is planted in the ground and grows to become a complete hops plant. The new plant is essentially a clone of the mother plant. All rhizomes come from female plants which produce hops cones for brewing. Male hops plants have seeds in their cones, and are not the best for brewing with. It takes at least two years to get to full cone production. In the first year there will not be much of a harvest, maybe a half ounce of dried cones at best (in my experience). In the second year, get a bucket when picking the cones! The best time to plant a rhizome is right now, in late winter / early spring.

If you are going to buy rhizomes this year, make sure to check out:

The Thyme Garden

Thyme Garden

I ordered from The Thyme Garden before and have had good experiences. Here is a link directly to their hops page. They are an organic nursery and herb farm in the coastal range mountains of Oregon. They can’t ship to Washington because of a quarantine, but they do ship everywhere else in the US except Hawaii. Their prices are very reasonable, especially when you consider you are getting high quality organic hops.

I would plan the hops yard and dig the holes for the rhizomes the first nice day after you place your order. That way when the rhizomes arrive you can get them in the ground quickly, rain or shine. The surest way of killing the rhizome is to leave it in the fridge for weeks.

These Brewer’s Friend articles should be of interest if you have never grown hops before:

Planning Your Hops Yard for Home Brewing

How To Plant Hops for Home Brewing

I highly recommend growing hops. It is really fun and satisfying all around. Everybody loves to talk about hops even non-drinkers. The vines look great crawling up the house, shed, or custom designed trellis. Hops vines on the house, yeah, that is how life should be. Not to mention, beer made with your own hops is something to be proud of. Enjoy!

Brewer’s Friend received hops rhizomes from The Thyme Garden for review as part of this article and link exchange.

  1. 2 Responses to “Time to order Hops Rhizomes 2011”

  2. I have heard a couple of online hop rhizome suppliers have already sold out! I would order TODAY if you haven’t already.

    By Hop Grower on Mar 7, 2011

  3. I, too, have had an excellent experience with The Thyme Garden. I got hops from there a few years ago that grew well until we had to move and I forgot to dig them up.

    Last year, though, I bought some more and they did really well in planters until I was able to put them in the ground. I’m hoping the jumpstart will mean a nice bevy of hops.

    The only plant I got from them that didn’t work out was probably my Chinook plant, but that’s more likely because I didn’t have anywhere to plant it so it sat in fridge for several months (oddly enough, the Centennial rhizome that sat in the fridge for the same time went gangbusters when I finally planted it).

    By J.T. Ross, Breakpoint Brewery on Mar 8, 2011

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