HOW TO GROW COMMON HOPS [10 SEEDS] ADD $4 pack/post to your order
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Soak seeds in water for 24-48 hours. Once this is complete
place seeds in a zip lock bag with moistened (not wet) peat moss, write
the date and seed type on the bag and place them in the
fridge for 8 weeks. Check them every few days to
be sure that the peat has not dried out and re-moisten if it has.
If any seeds start to sprout during this ‘cold stratification’
period; remove them from the bag and plant as per usual.
Once cold stratification is complete, sow the seeds
into small pots approximately 3 mm deep into a loose, well
draining mix of 80% rich soil and 20% sand.
Lightly moisten, do not over water as hop seedlings are
sensitive to too much water. Place pots in a protected,
warm, sunny position. Warm greenhouses or windowsills
are perfect. Ideal germination temperature during this
period is 20-25°C/70-80°F. If you can not provide
these temperatures at this stage – you can use a heat mat.
Check daily for sprouts and to be sure the soil has not dried out.
Germination normally takes around 4 weeks. If after
8 weeks there are no sprouts, you may have to repeat
the process again (back to the fridge!), but if conditions
have been correct, you shouldn’t have this problem.
Once sprouted continue to grow in pots until they have been
through their first winter and are established enough to plant out. If
they are still very young during their first winter, keep them inside to protect them from frost. Can be transplanted carefully
once they have developed at least 2 true leaves.
Don’t over water.
When ready to plant out – prepare a trellis that will support
up to 15ft growing vines. Hops grow extremely fast and will require
support and direction. You can also start with bamboo sticks
or similar. Final position should be in full sun.
Prune in late winter or early spring.
Hops can take between 18-24 months to flower and
prefers a warmer climate.
FAQS ABOUT COMMON HOPS
SCIENTIFIC NAME Humulus lupulus
FULL SIZE Height: up to 2.5 metres (8 feet)
Width: up to 3 metres (10 feet)
PREPARATION Soak for 1-2 days
Cold stratify for 8 weeks
GERMINATION 4-6 weeks
MATURITY 12-24 Months
Common Hops has been used in flavouring beer since the Middle
Ages but became popular for its bility to preserve the beer for
longer periods. Common Hops is first mentioned in 768 CE when
King Pepin donated hops to a monastery in Paris.
How to Grow Hop Seeds
Hops, also called Humulus lupulus, is an herb most famous for its use as a beer ingredient. It's generally less difficult to grow hops from rhizomes (a root stem clipping from an adult hops plant), but growing from seeds produces much more genetic variety and a flavor that's specific to your growing area. Hops grown from seeds will sometimes need a year or more before they can be harvested, but each plant has a high yield.
Soak your seeds for 24 hours, then mix them with a little damp sand in a plastic zip-lock bag. Keep them in the refrigerator for six weeks. Check the bag regularly to make sure no mold is growing. Hops seeds are cold-germinating, which means they sprout best in low temperatures. If the seeds begin to sprout before six weeks, you may plant them then.
Plant your seeds about 1/8 inch deep in nutrient-rich soil, where your plants will be able to get at least six hours of direct sun every day. Plant them at the base of a trellis or fence, where the vines will be able to climb.
Train the vine to grow grow along your trellis or fence by gently wrapping the the tip of the plant around the structure’s beams. This will encourage your hops to grow up the support.
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