How to Grow Hops:

Hops Beer Garden, Location Matters

Hops plants need certain conditions to grow and choosing the right area in your garden will give your hop plant the head start it needs. To ensure you pick the best possible site for your hops beer garden, we have broken some of the key elements to find the perfect location at your place.

Hops beer Garden

Hops Need Sunlight

Sunlight is a hops best friend, so it is important that you select an area in your backyard that gets the most exposure to the sun throughout the day.

Not exposing your hop beer garden to enough sunlight won’t stop your plant from growing but it will stop your plant from blooming / flowering the hop cone. This is a problem if your sole purpose is growing the hops for brewing beer, as the hop cone is what we are looking to harvest later in summer..

Hops Need Room

When selecting the area for your hops beer garden, you should know how many hop plants you want to grow. Hop plants of the same variety can be planted closer together than the space required to grow different hop varieties next to each other, below is our rule of thumb.

Spacing for Hops of same variety          =        3 feet (0.90m)

Spacing for Hops of different varieties   =        5 Feet (1.5m)

Another thing to decide is how high you want to train your plants to grow. If allowed to grow, the hop plant can reach up to 8m high. Most people don’t want their plant to grow this high so you can control it by having your support structure only as tall as your desired height. We recommend a height of at least 6.5 feet (2m).

Soil and Drainage

Ensure the area you choose is free of weeds, the soil you have should allow for good draining of water. A good visual way of testing this is to see if water pools in the area after it rains or if it pools after you water it.

If pooling or drainage is a problem you need to condition the soil so that the area is loose and has good drainage. You can change out the soil in the selected area with a soil and gravel mixture to ensure there is good drainage.

To help with drainage build up a mound of the new soil mixture this will allow excess water to drain away from the plant.

A word of warning:

If you own a dog, you must keep your dog from eating hops. If they do eat hops it can be potentially fatal. So please, either plant in an area where dog cannot get access to your hop plant of fence the hop plant off.

Want to know the 5 basic steps of growing hops? check this quick guideline out!

How to Grow Hops: 5 Easy and Basic steps

 

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Everything you need to know about growing hops at home

High-Resolution-eCover-JPGIf you are hop mad like us, growing hops at home is your next step, its easy and its made even simpler by the Growing your Own Hops at Home ebook that is now available.

Its all here: the different varieties of hops, the growing seasons and cycles, what to do with your rhizomes, how to choose your hop plant, where to plant your hops, caring for your hops, harvesting hops, drying hops and preparing for each growing season.