Hop Grower’s Handbook
288 pages – Laura Ten Eycke & Dietrich Gehring
The essential guide for growing hops, with information on planting, tending, harvesting, processing, and brewing. Color photos and illustrations throughtout.See More Details
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Why Buy From Indiana Berry
Hops are a vigorous, reliable leafy vine. They provide terrific shade in just one growing season. They die back to the ground each fall but reliably to come back year after year. Hop plants are dioecious, meaning the males and females flower on separate plants- and the female cones are used in the brewing process. However, the male plants are not needed for pollination. All the plants we sell are females. Growing hops is easy. They need well-worked soil in a sunny spot (with six to eight hours of sun). The rhizomes merely have to be planted with the growth tips facing up. Hops vines (which are called bines) take off when the soil and air temperatures warm up in the spring. Even their first year, the bines may grow 15 feet or more. Once they are established, they can grow up to 25 feet during the growing season, and produce up to two pounds of hops flowers. Homebrewers train their hops up a sturdy pole-selecting three or four vigorous bines and pruning the rest off. If you are growing hops for shade, an arbor or pergola will support.
Selecting Planting Site
Hops like a neutral soil pH between 6.0 and 6.8 but can be grown on a wider range of pH soil. Before planting hops you will need to spend some time planning the layout of your hop yard. Keep in mind that hop plants will grow 15 to 20 feet high. Make sure you choose an area in full sun, with well-drained soil with sufficient vertical space with some wind protection. Under the right conditions, hops can grow as much as 1 foot a day in just one season, given a high strong support system, it can grow as tall as 40 ft. Feeding this enormous vegetation is a vast underground root system penetrating 15 feet or more into the soil to absorb nutrients, minerals, and water to send up to feed the plant.
How to Plant
Plant hill should be 2 to 3 feet apart with 8 feet between rows. Create a mound of soil for each rhizome that you will be planting. Dig a hole in each mound deep enough to lay the rhizome horizontally in the hole at ground level and covered with approximately 1" of soil.
Cover with straw or mulch to prevent weed growth and maintain moisture. After the bines sprout and are about 6" tall begin to train them around the twine/trellis. Keep only the strongest 2-3 shoots and prune back the rest. After a few months of growth, trim the leaves off the bottom 2' of the bines. This helps prevent disease and fungus. The harvest date will vary depending on your location and season. If your bines are quite tall it is safest to lower the vines to the ground in order to pick the hop cones. Place the ripe hops in a single layer on a flat surface out of sunlight. After they lay like this and begin to dry, flip them over to allow the other side to dry. Continue this process until drying is complete. The Hops are done drying when the inner stem is brittle and breaks as opposed to bending. Pack the hops in an airtight container and freeze until they are to be used.
Commercial growers use large systems of poles and wires to maximize their growth. A piece of twine tied to a roof or tree limb will also work. The hops need full sun, so don't hang your twine completely in the shade.
Hops grow on bines. Abineis a climbing plant which climbs by its shoots. A vine climbs using tendrils or suckers.
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