Frequently Asked Questions

Buying Plants Online: 
Do you ship to my state/country?
We do not ship outside of the USA due to customs regulations on live plants.  Further, shipping live plants internationally is not ideal due to longer shipping times.
We also cannot ship to some states due to strict plant shipment laws.  These states are: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Hawaii.
 
Why don't you sell Citra/Simcoe/Mosaic/Summit/Zythos/Warrior/Etc.?
Many hop varieties are proprietary, meaning they are owned by someone (similar to a copyright).  We therefore cannot sell them commercially to you until the proprietorship runs out.

The hop variety I want is listed as "Out of Stock".  When will it be available?
​Our selling season runs from April through September.  Because we only sell plants that are mature enough to plant in the ground, we have some out of stock during the seasin.  When plants are out of stock, you will see "Availibility: Out-of-Stock" on the hop's page in the store.  We try to have the majority of varieties available to you, however this isn't always possible due to different growth habits of different varieties.
We update weekly, so we suggest you check back to see if the variety you want is ready the following week.


Do you sell bulk or wholesale?
Unfortunately we are not taking bulk orders for the 2016 Growing Season. We do not sell wholesale. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Why plants instead of rhizomes?
Plants will give you a better first year, and you only need to plant one for growth, while rhizomes require many planted per mound. Plants also have a head start on rhizomes simply because they are already growing vines.  In addition, most gardeners are more familiar with planting a plant than planting rhizomes. 

I just placed an order - when will my plants arrive?
We ship our plants every Monday (unless there is a holiday) to ensure they do not sit in a shipping warehouse over the weekend.  We ship with USPS flat-rate priority, so your plants should arrive within 3 days.

 
Plant Information
 What variety grows best where I live?
We suggest growing the hops that you brew with. From our experience, all of our varieties will produce hops in most of the continental U.S.A.  With that being said, some grow better than others. We have found that the following varieties grow with the most vigor: Cascade, Chinook, Zeus,  Centennial, Galena, Glacier, Nugget, and Newport.
For a more specific answer, many growers and brewers use homebrewtalk.com to discuss plant growing habits in certain climates.

I want to brew ____ style of beer.  What hops should I get?
We recommend checking Beer Advocate for detailed information on what hops are used for certain beer styles.  Our hops in the store web page have basic lists of what beer styles they may suit better, but it is best to do a solid amount of research before buying your plants.
 
What variety yields the best?
The answer to this is very similar to what grows the best. All will produce for you in most climates and regions. The same varieties that grow best will yield the most.
To get a better understanding to different varieties' weaknesses, visit the
USDA Hop Variety Webpage at:

http://www.ars.usda.gov/Research/docs.htm?docid=14772

What type of soil do hop plants like the best?
Hops will grow in almost any soil. They are hardy plants. However, the optimal soil condition for hops is a sandy loam with slightly acidic soil.  They prefer sunny locations with well-drained soil.

How do I fertilize the plants?
Hops do well with a slow release fertilizer. We use aged cow manure and fish emulsion. They do not like too much nitrogen, so many of your household fertilizers will cause a nitrogen overdose.  Also, be careful when fertilizing with manure; use only properly aged and prepared manure. When you first get the plants, do not plant them in manure; this will burn and possibly kill your plant. When you first receive your plants, fertilize only with root stimulator. Let the plant get established and acclimated for a couple of weeks before applying any fertilizer. 

How far apart should I space plants?
Here at our farm, we space the plants of the same variety 3 ft apart. Different varieties will need to be spread apart at least 5 ft apart.  

I have had my plant in the ground for a couple weeks now and it has not grown at all, is it okay?
Yes, the plant is most likely fine. It is using all of its energy to develop a strong root system. It could have also gone through a lot of stress in shipping and is
now just becoming acclimatized to the ground and your climate. Do not worry, and let the plant be a plant. 


W​hat can my hop climb on?
Trellising hops is fairly easy. They just need something rough to climb on; we have found that twine called 'coir' works best.  Hops do not cling to metal because of the smooth surface. Think of the vines as Velcro; they will grab onto anything rough--including your shirt or skin. The thing to remember is that they will need help at first. You will need to train them at first by wrapping them around whatever it is you have them climb on.