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Hop Plants – 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, brewers prefer UK hops as our farmers usually grow seeded varieties that are best suited for real ale or beer. Lagers use a different seedless hop grown in other countries in Europe. It is the hops that add the bitterness and aroma to beer.   Kent…

Hops for Eating (yes, you read that right)

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…

Hop Varieties (a quick overview)

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

A Guide to Growing Hops

1. You will receive your bare-root hop plant packed in moss and wrapped in plastic to keep it moist and protect it during shipping. Freshly dug plants are available from late-November.     2. Your hop plant has been kept in cold storage to replicate winter and keep it in dormancy. Your plant may have…