Hops: Common Pests and Diseases

All of our hop plants are certified disease free, but they may still be susceptible to pests and diseases that exist in the air or soil in your area.  The old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ will usually help you to keep your plants happy and healthy, but should you have any problems you will find the solution below to the usual suspects.

A Brief Hop History

  Hops have been grown in Kent for nearly 500 years and are associated with good luck and prosperity. The proliferation of Hop culture from Flanders began only a few miles from Essentially Hops, in the village of Westbere near Canterbury in 1520. This successful planting was preceded by nearly 100 years of fierce resistance…

Hops for Medicinal Purposes

When we first started in business in 1990, we were inundated with interest from people who thought what we were attempting to do was wonderful. We raised awareness of the demise of the English hop growing industry and so many people came to visit us with fond memories of their childhood and days hop picking,…

Hops for Brewing

Traditionally grown in the counties of Kent and Hereford, UK hops are typically seeded varieties preferred by brewers and best suited for real ale or beer. Lagers use a different seedless hop grown in other European countries. When brewing beer, it’s hops that add the all-important bitterness and aroma to the recipe. Kent is known…

Hops for Eating

First off, it is important to mention that we don’t advice eating any part of a mature grown hop plant!  A full grown hop should be used for hanging in your home and looking (and smelling) gorgeous (take a look at our garlands), or for plucking the cones and using to add some delicious flavour…

Hops for Sleeping

When the hop plant was first discovered in Egypt in the first century, its first use was as a medicinal herb! Over the years the hops have been used as cures for many things in herbal medicine but its most popular use has been in hop pillows for the relief of insomnia. The potential sleep…

Essentially Hops on TV

We frequently sell our hops and dried flowers to TV studios and they have featured in films, plays and television series on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, including Richard II (BBC2), Primeval (ITV), and Homemade Homes (Channel 4).   Here’s a clip of when Phil Spencer came to visit us and took a tour…

A Guide to Hop Varieties

Our selection of hop plants are commercial varieties normally grown for brewing, except for Golden Tassels which is an ornamental variety grown for its golden yellow foliage. The rhizomes are certified material from virus tested stock produced in England. Each variety differs slightly in colour, shape, size, aroma, and alpha acid content (which is important…

A Guide to Growing Hops

Whether you’re a keen gardener or looking for a new hobby, growing hops is a rewarding activity that will result in gorgeous garlands which can be used for decoration, brewing beer, and much more! The thought of growing hops might be a little daunting, but this diverse plant has been grown for centuries by people…