Growing your own hops is fun and easy. Fast growing
rhizomes produce hops the first year, and come back year after
Hop plants, called humulus lupulus, for growing your own hops. Hops
are not typically grown from seeds, they are propagated from root
cuttings (rhizomes) that simply require no special care. They are
fast to grow and make attractive plants for your garden. In the
fall, harvest your hop cones (flowers) and make a special
Complete planting and growing instructions are provided with each
When you receive your shipment take the plastic bag of rhizomes out
of the box, make sure they are slightly moistened and keep them in
a refrigerator for a minimum amount of time and plant as soon as
possible. Do not freeze them.
*Due to agricultural restrictions, we cannot ship hop rhizomes to
customers outside the US, APO/FPO addresses, Hawaii, and
** NOTE: Because of the
nature of these living plants we and even our Yakima supplier can
not guarantee that these will grow after being planted. We do our
best to provide the freshiest and most viable Rhizomes. But once
they leave our shop we can not control the conditions they
subjected to like, heat, cold, pests, and or time in transit. We
hope you understand.**
One question that is asked a lot is "what
will grow in my climate"? Listed below are the different Rhizomes
and what climate each variety will grow best in. Hops generally
grow best in latitudes between 34-50 deg
All varieties are "first come first
4/29/2012 – How far apart do you plant the rhizomes? When is the best time to plant them? We live in Atlanta, ga.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: About 3 feet apart will work just fine. Provide a trellis or rope line for them to climb up. Early spring is the best time for planting.
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
4/3/2010 – I want to grow hops for home brewing. Do I need both male and female rhizomes? Are yours female? or what?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Rhizome cuttings of known female plants become the only reasonable means of plant reproduction for brewing purposes. That means they are all female plants. Males are not needed (or desired).The complete lack of male plants means no seeds and control of varietal purity. Other than purposeful hop hybridization programs, no one uses seeds . . .
4/20/2009 – I also live in Southwest MI. (boarding Ohio) which plants would be the best to plant and how would I prepare the soil for planting.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The simplest answer is: Choose a high alpha variety like chinook, centennial, nugget, or horizon. They seem to be a little more hardy than others. Cover the rhizomes with about an inch or two of dirt. They grow like crazy when the hot weather sets in. See below for comeplete information that comes with the rhizomes.*************************Homebrew . . .
4/13/2009 – I just got my hop rhizomes today. where can I get planting instructions help? thank you
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We should have put an instruction sheet in with your rhizomes. Perhaps we forgot. In any case, here is the information that is SUPPOSED to go out with all rhizomes:Homebrew Heaven Growing info: OSU Extension Service Crop Science Report Growing Hops - In the Home Garden Susan M. Hiller, Gale A. Gingrich and Alfred Haunold? The . . .
10/19/2008 – where in the United States can hops be grown?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We've heard of them being grown just about anywhere, BUTthe hop plant produces best under specific climatic and soil conditions. A minimum of 120 frost free days are needed for flowering. Direct sunlight and long daylength (15 hours or more) is also needed. As a consequence of daylength and season length, hop production is limited to latitudes . . .
4/23/2008 – I was wondering what would be the best hop roots to buy to grow in the Northern Part of lower Michigan?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is not much difference in "hardiness" between the varieies, but I would favor high alpa types, like Centennial, Nugget, Chinook, and Nugget.
4/16/2008 – What kind of hops will do best in maine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is not much difference in "hardiness" between the varieies, but I would favor high alpa types, like Chinook, Nugget and Centennial.
4/15/2008 – I live in San Diego and plan on planting Cascade, Chinook, Centenial and williamette rhizies. What is the best way to prepare the soil? How big of a whole do I need to dig? Do you have any recomendations for fertilizer? Cheers
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Here is my view of it. It doesn't take much preparation, actually. Dig a hole maybe twice the size of the root (maybe a foot in diameter?) and just barely cover the root when you plant it. Maybe 1-2" deep. To be honest, I have never fertilized one, so they can't require much. The real preparation is in giving them something they can climb . . .
4/11/2008 – Are there any that can grow in mostly shade?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Under the right conditions (soil, water, lattitude, etc), you can hardlly KEEP them from growing. They won't grow as well as in full sun, but they will probably grow.
4/10/2008 – Can you recommend three hop varities for growing in Burlington, Iowa? Burlington is located in the southeast corner of Iowa.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is not much difference in "hardiness" between the varieies, but I would favor high alpa types, like Chinook, Nugget and Centennial.
4/9/2008 – Is there a "correct" way to splice root structure off already growing hops to increase - move - harvest the hop plant??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The rhizomes should really be divided before growth starts for the year...very early spring, in other words. You can simply dig them up, or divide them with a shovel and relocate them.
3/30/2008 – How will the hops fair in temperatures around 110-117 degrees, say in the Las Vegas area? Also, which varieties are more suitable?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They should do OK with the heat, providing there is enough water. Yakima, WA where they are grown commercially routinely gets over 102 deg F in the summer.There is not much difference in "hardiness" between the varieies, but I would favor high alpa types, like Chinook, Nugget and Centennial.This year (2014) we are offering a new variety . . .
3/30/2008 – How many rhizomes are in a package?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: One rhizome, or however many you order. You plant one rhizome and prune it down to about 2-3 active shoots per vine. They grow 20 feet tall (and taller) so plan for that.
3/15/2008 – when will you get hop plant's (Root) in and what variety?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We expect some hop roots to be available by about April 1st. We don't know what varieties yet, so some may be in short supply. As soon as they become available, they will appear on our website.
2/24/2008 – i would like to grow my own hops, where can i buy seeds?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hops are not grown from seeds, but from root stock (called rhizomes). We expect some hop roots to be available by about April 1st of each year. We don't know what varieties yet, so some may be in short supply. When they become available, they will appear on our website. Try checking back for availability.
2/17/2008 – how do i go about getting a plant for hops? I live in louisiana and can they be grown here?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We expect hop roots (called rhizomes) to be available by about April 1st. They will be shown on our website when they arrive. Hops are commercially grown in the northern states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon but you may have some luck. Hard to say, really.
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
1/20/2008 – When will the baby hop plants be available for the public to grow their own? I had forgotten to get any last year but would like to grow some this year.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They are now available! Typically, the fresh rootstock arrive to us about March 22nd. We sell them thru about May (or until we run out!)
6/6/2007 – which hops can grow in Tampa a zone 9-10 we were moved to zone 10 last year due to the fact of less cold days lately
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hops are not typcially grown anywhere near Florida. Commercially, hops are grown in the states of Washington, Idaho and Oregon...a long way from Tampa! Not sure how well they would do for you, actually. They grow like weeds so they would probably GROW, but it isn't their normal habitat.
5/14/2007 – can you provide the differences between these hop varieties? I am not too familiar with Rhizomes but i would like to ty planting them this season just to experiment. Also til when do you sell these? I know that they are seasonal.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We sell them until they are gone, and we expect that to be soon, like maybe mid-May!The differences in varieties are subtle, and more a matter of how the hops are actually used in brewing, as opposed to how they look or grow. Of the ones we have remaining, Chinook and Centennial are considered more of a "bittering" hop. These are higher . . .
4/10/2007 – Are these all female Rhizomes?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes.
4/7/2007 – were is the best place to plant in the sun? or in the shade?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Full sun is best.
4/7/2007 – how well do hops grow in spokane washingtion
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Beautifully! After all, the hop capital of this country, and maybe the world is Yakima, Washington. You won't have any problems.
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdaysand 10am-3pm on Sundays
6/15/2006 – how come you don't ship RHIZOMES internationally? can you recommend someone who does?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Because there are so many export/import requirements on selling live agricultural goods, such as rhizomes. Sorry, I don't know of anyone who does it.
5/13/2006 – i was reading your Q&A on growing hops,what the odds growing southern alaska (juneau)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I have heard of it being done, provided you have a sunny spot and get them in the ground ASAP!
5/7/2006 – What varity of hop is best grown in Fallon,Nevada? Are there more than just one?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are many different varieties of hops. We offer several in the drop-down product list. Any of them should do just fine, provided they get enough water.We have a new one called Amallia from New Mexico. It might do especially well in NV.
4/12/2006 – Can you show me a picture of hop plants that are grown from seeds? the seedling and the germination?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sort of... but hops are not actually grown from seeds. They are
grown from root cuttings (rhizomes). Here are some pictures:
Growing up the side of a house
A hop root (rhizome)
3/19/2006 – Can you ship hop rhizomes to Washingtonor is ban still on ???? 3/20/06
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can now ship them.
3/16/2006 – OOPS!! I didn't realize the rhizomes would be ready to ship this soon and I guess I should have requested a later ship date. Oh well! Can I keep them in a plastic bag in the crisper tray of the refridgerator until I can work the ground and get them planted? If not is there anything you can suggest? The site where I want to plant, should be . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, they can be store at LEAST that long in the refrigerator. Just keep them loosely sealed in a plastic bag, and "mist" them occasionally if they look dry (maybe once a week or so).
3/10/2006 – I have read in various places that the SAAZ hops are difficult to grow. If this is the case, what are the difficulties? I realize that there are options to the SAAZ but sometimes my German "bull headedness" get in the way of common sense and in this case, I want to grow them just because!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Saaz isn't really "difficult to grow", it just yields fewer/smaller hop cones (flowers) per vine, (or per acre, if you are growing lots of them). That is why they are more expensive to buy. Saaz may be a little more suspectable to insect damage as well, but that seems to be true for any low alpha hop variety.
2/27/2006 – How much water do these hop plants need?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The only thing they like better than water is sunlight. Given both, they grow like crazy. How much is that? Heck, we're brewers, not farmers, and we live in a wet climate so it's not a factor to us. The hop growing capital of the U.S. is in Yakima, WA if that helps. It gets about 24-28 inches of rain a year. If you get less than THAT, . . .
2/25/2006 – I am getting ready to preorder some Hop Rhizomes and I want to order what will grow best in my part of the country. I live in SW-Ohio. Are there any that will grow better then others here? I'm hoping that Cascade hops will grow here=) They are my favorite so far. I'm also going to buy your book on growing hops so that I can fully understand . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Cascades will do just fine there. Actually, they are all pretty close in terms of "hardiness". If you're concerned, the higher alpha hops like Chinook, Nuggett and Centenial seem to be the most robust overall. It could be that these are the most resistant to diseases. A lattice system is probably unnecessary, the vines will follow up . . .
5/3/2005 – What variety would grow best in Louisiana?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It terms of "hardiness" they are all about the same. You're a little low in terms of latitude, but it's worth a try.
5/3/2005 – I live in Truckee Ca. Which variety should I plant and when. Is now ok to order and plant Its may 3 but still getting down pretty cold at night. the ground is thawed and warm
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I see you have ordered Chinook and Centennial. Both of these should do well. It's time to plant!
4/7/2005 – Can you be more specific in your hop varieties? E.g., are your Hallertauer a Hersbrucker or a Mittelfrüh? Same for your Goldings?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They all came to us from the Yakima, Washington area. Some refer to the Goldings as "Yakima Goldings", or "American Goldings" but they were originally from East Kent, in England.Same thing with the Hallertauer variety. They were originally from the traditional German Hallertauer region, and are neither Hersbrucker or Mittelfruh. They are . . .
3/26/2005 – I live in Rhode Island. First, are there any native species of hops to the U.S.? Second, are there any specific varities which will grow the best in my area?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, ALL the hop plants (rhizomes) we sell are native to the U.S., and will grow well in Rhode Island. They grow like weeds here in Seattle, WA.
3/11/2005 – Hey, when are those hops rhizomes going to be in? It's like spring out there already!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hop rhizomes typically arrive to us on the last week of March, depending on weather in Yakima, WA (where they are dug up).
3/9/2005 – Will hops grow in Dallas, TX? The summers can get pretty warm..however the winters can also get below freezing. If it's possible what variety do you suggest?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hop production is best between 35-55 deg lattitude. Freezing is certainly not an issue with hops. It looks like Big D is about 32 degrees. I suspect they will grow, just not as well as "up north". Keeping them moist might be the bigger issue.
2/1/2005 – Where can I buy the hops to brew the beer? I live in Plainview, Texas....would love to brew my own. But, I need the ingredients to brew it. will buy your equipment, so....where can I buy the goodies to brew it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here! We have a large selection of hops, yeasts, grains and everything you need in the way of ingredients. Here is a link:A good way to get started is to choose one of our ingredient (recipe) kits. They get you started the right way!
12/8/2004 – Dear Heaven ,Exactly how do I go about purchasing hop rhizomes from your company ? According to a response to a particular inquiry in the "ask a question" portion of one of your web pages ,I have just learned that you sell several types of hop root for propagating hop flowers at home . I cannot seem to locate the page that offers these precious . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hop Rhizomes are now available! No, you aren't doing anything wrong. Hop rhizomes are a (very) seasonal item that we offer only from approximately mid-March thru mid-May. That is when the rhizomes (roots) are dug up in the nearby Yakima Valley, and can be replanted in your yard. We normally offer 12-15 varieties at that time. We activate . . .
10/23/2004 – last winter I bought some rizomes from you guys, Thanks! I just harvested about 16oz. of cenntenial. But the tettanger and hallertauer really didn't do too much. I'm told that next year they should do better. And now my question: should I use less hops because they're fresh and should I use the imature cones? Also if I decide to dry hop is . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, the second year is when hop plants "take off" and become more prolific.You should not use immature cones. There is no lupilin, which is the aromatic part you are after. YOu can see if they are mature by opening one up and seeing if there is a yellow subastance down in the center. Smell it also!If you use the whole, undried cones . . .
10/6/2004 – In your questions and answers you say you sell the hop starts in the springtime. will they also grow from seed and are there any fertile seeds in the whole hops you sell?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, hops cannot be grown from seeds, only rhizomes (root cuttings).
4/6/2004 – I was wondering if you can grow hops in pots, and if so, what size pot and what kind of soil should I use?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Only if your pot is very large. We have grown them in a wooden half-barrel with some success, but the roots would like to go much deeper than that. Remember, the plants themselves can get to be 25 feet high, or more. Such a plant requires a lot of roots!It is my experience that these things will grow in just about any soil. Or gravel. . . .
3/31/2004 – Can -or should- hop plants be sprayed to prevent any diseases or insects? If so, what should be used?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is my experience that you can hardy kill the darn things anyway! About the only time they are susceptable is when the first shoots come thru the ground. The first shoots are tasty, and in fact some people pickle and eat them that way. Kinda like asparagus...at this time, try to keep slugs and such away from them. Beyond that, they should . . .
3/31/2004 – I live in Santa Cruz, CA. Which hop variety should I order?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would go with Willamette, Cascade or Chinook. They should all do well.
3/24/2004 – I live in Santa Monica. Which hop variety should iI order? What is the difference among the varieties . I am growing hop for appearance only.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would recommend Willamette, Cascade or Goldings for your area.
3/19/2004 – I live in Maine just above the 45 degree parallel. I was just wondering if hops are grown with any luck this far North?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No problem! Yakima (WA) is the hop growing capital of the U.S., and maybe the world. It is at 46°35'N. It gets lots of sunshine, but Maine is just fine for hops. Find a sunny spot and stand back.
3/13/2004 – I live 20 miles North West of Atlanta, Georgia. We are above latitude 30 but well below latitude 35. Is there a variety of hops that well grow in the South.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I suspect they will grow just fine, but we can't guarantee it. I know of no "southern" hop variety.
3/12/2004 – I noticed in the question and answer section that you list goldings and columbus, and that they do not appear on the order link. I know what goldings is but, what about columbus? I have a listing in "t.N.C.J.o.H.B."(the New Complete Joy of Home Brweing) for a columbia, is that the same thing? Can we get them this year?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They appear now! Columbus is a popular high-alpha hop.
3/10/2004 – Is there any way to tell what variety a plant is when it's growing? 3 years ago, I purchased two hop rhizomes - Cascade and Hallertauer and had them labeled, but they almost died. I gave one plant to my cousin, and planted one at my house, but now can't remember which variety I kept.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The only way I know of is to compare the pictures of the hop cones /leaves to photos out on the 'net.
3/9/2004 – I live in a very cold climate at 6000' (Truckee,CA) what is the most cold tolerant variety?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Colder than Yakima, Washington and Eastern Oregon? That's where the hop capital is. Winters often dip below 0 deg F in the winter. I've notice that the higher alpha varieties seem to be more "hardy" than the low ones, so I'd recommend Chinook, Centennial or Nugget if there is a concern.
2/23/2004 – If I purchase more than one variety, and plant them in roughly the same area, will cross-pollenation occur? Is it best to only grow one variety? If I plant along the side of my garage, will the supporting tendrils get established on their own, or do the plants have to be tied off to let the tendrils get going under the siding, like ivy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They are all the same sex, so each vine (actually, they are called bines) stays the same variety. No cross-pollination occurs. Because of this you can grow as many varieties as you like. No, the hop vines needs something that they can coil around on their way up, like a wire or twine, post, lattice or structure so that they can climb. . . .
11/2/2003 – How can I order some hop rhizomes? Plus, I never see a link to click on to order any. Please inform me how to purchase some.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They become available about March-April, when the new roots are dug up in the Yakima valley. When they are available, we will activate a clickable link.
10/16/2003 – When will the new rhizomes become available?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: By about the middle of March or first of April...depending on the weather in Eastern Washington. They are dug up after the last frost.
10/3/2003 – This may sound crazy, but I would like to try growing my own hops. Can you recommend a website or company that sells hop roots for growing at home. I have heard that cuttings or roots are the best way to grow them.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not crazy at all! You've found the website, as well. They are not listed (yet) because they are seasonal. We sell hundreds of hop rhizomes (roots) in the spring each year, when they are dug up in Eastern Washington. They typcially are offered from late March to early June. Very, very easy to grow, by the way.Rhizomes go for about $5.00 . . .
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