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 white shoots at the top of the plant which will turn darker as the plant is exposed to light.
3. Plant your hops as soon as you receive it (unless you want to put it in the fridge to keep it dormant). Choose a sunny or partially shady spot to plant your hops, and sheltered from strong winds. Hops like neutral to alkaline soil which is fertile and moist but well drained.
4. If you have a heavy or clay soil you can dig in some compost soil improver, such as John Innes No3. If you do not have good drainage you can fill the bottom of the hole with stones or grit so that the hop roots don’t sit in water.
5. Put your hop plant in to position with the long dark roots point down, and the white shoots pointing up, and then backfill over the roots.
6. Your hop plant should be planted so the crown is just below the surface, with the roots well buried. Give it a good drink to help the soil settle around it. Hops like to climb and we sell traditional coir string to use for your plant to wind up. Hops should be planted at least 3 feet apart.