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Growing Hops

Growing Hops

Mt Hood Hops


An extremely vigorous and fast-growing hardy perennial vine with attractive dark green leaves. Self-climbing, and can grow 20 feet in a single season. Produces fragrant, cone-like female flowers in late summer that are used to flavor beer. Hardy in zones 5 to 8. Best grown on a fence, trellis, arbor, or other structure. Excellent for screening. Dies back to the ground each year. Has separate male and female plants, but pollination is not needed for cone production. Vines can live for 25 to 50 years or more. Plant bare root Hops in spring up to 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Keep bare root plants in a cool place out of direct sunlight until planted. Prepare a planting hole 12 inches deep and wide and mix in compost or other organic matter. Plant with the roots slightly deeper than when grown in the nursery.


For full sun in moist, well-drained soil. Requires regular irrigation, but does not tolerate wet soils, and mulching is beneficial. Avoid wetting the leaves when watering to reduce the possibility of disease, and water early in the day to ensure leaves dry before night. Prefers soils that are mildly acidic, with a pH of 6.0 to 6.2. Requires a structure to support vines, which can grow up to a foot a day. After harvest, Hops cones should be dried until the inner stems are brittle and the cones are somewhat soft but spring back when squeezed. They can be dried in a food dehydrator or oven at 140 F or air dried on a screen in a shady area. Store dried cones in a sealed container in a cool, dry spot or in a freezer.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Ornamental perennial vines include Engelmann Ivy Vine (20692) and Pasha Beauty Male Kiwi (30266).  Clematis is a hardy flowering perennial vine.

Complimentary Products

Hops is a moderate to heavy feeder that benefits from regular fertilization. Natural Jute Twine (52886) can be used to support Hops vines.

Product Recommendations

Use Tomato & Veggie 3 In 1 (50317) to naturally control pest and disease problems.

Hops Facts

Easy-to-grow and usually not prone to pests or problems. Planting disease-resistant varieties helps to minimize issues. Aphids, Japanese beetles, leaf hoppers, mites, downy mildew, powdery mildew, and verticillium wilt sometimes affect plants. Hops were introduced to North America from Europe in the early 1600s. Young Hops shoots are edible steamed or boiled.

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