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 around the world. Here, we share our guide to growing hops so you can be confident in your new gardening venture.

 

Growing hops in 5 steps

From ordering your hop plants to having them safely planted in the ground, there are just five steps to follow when planting your hops.

 

1. Order your hop plant

We sell a wide range of bare-root hop plants, including UK, European, American, and Japanese varieties. Each product description includes the plant’s unique characteristics, so you can choose yours based on your preferences. Freshly dug plants are available from late-November.

 

 

2. Receiving your hop plant

You’ll receive your bare-root hop plant packed in moss and wrapped in plastic to keep it moist and protect it during shipping. 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 which will turn darker as the plant is exposed to light.

 

3. Choosing where to plant your hops

Plant your hop plant 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 sheltered from strong winds to plant your hops. Hops thrive in neutral to alkaline soil which is fertile and moist but well-drained.

If you have a heavy or clay soil you can dig in some compost soil improver, such as John Innes No3. If you don’t have good drainage, you can fill the bottom of the hole with stones or grit so the hop roots don’t sit in water.

 

4. Planting your hops

Put your hop plant into position with the long dark roots pointing down and the white shoots pointing up. Backfill over the roots. Your hop plant should be planted so the crown is just below the surface with the roots well buried. Hops should be spaced out at least 3 feet apart to give them space to grow.

 

 

5. Water your hop plant

Water your hop plant to help the soil settle around it. Once your plant starts growing, it’ll want to climb. We sell coir string which is perfect for hops to wind up and will help to produce fabulous bines, and screw pegs which can be used to anchor your plant.

 

Once your hop plant has grown, there are many things you can do with the hops it produces. Brewing beer is a popular option, and the bines can also used for decorating homes, pubs, and wedding venues. Small amounts of your hops could be used to help with restful sleep or even for medicinal purposes.

Buy all you need to grow your own hops and let us know how you get on!