Information About Hops

Using Hops

To use hops as an aid for insomnia and restlessness the dried flower cones can be used in tea or stuffed in a hop pillow.

For a Hop Pillow:
 Simply stuff a small muslin bag with some dried hop flowers, first sprinkling them with either alcohol, water or scented oil to reduce the crunchy sound. Other fragrant herbs may also be added to your pillow such as mint and chamomile or add mugwort for dreams too.
For Hop Tea:
 Pour one cup boiling water over 1/2 - 1 tsp. of dried hops and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Can add honey and drink hot at bedtime.

  Helpful Information About Hops

Click Hop RhizomesHop Pellets, or Hop Cones to Place an Order
Look for your state in the experiences growing hops section below.

  We have enjoyed organically growing hops for over thirty years. It is absolutely fascinating to watch them grow so vigorously, reaching lengths of up to 25 feet. Their use as ornamentals is limitless. They can be easily trained to grow up trellises to provide shade and privacy in the summer when it's hot, then because they die back in the fall, they are gone when we want all the sun we can get! I have seen them work really well trained to grow up poles to form a teepee.

  The use of hops began as a kitchen herb, mentioned by the Roman scholar Pliny for its edible shoots, which are eaten in spring like asparagus. French and German brewers began using them to preserve and flavor their beers in the ninth and tenth centuries. Bavarian Hops became famous by the eleventh century, but it wasn't until the sixteenth that the English replaced their traditional bitter herbs (Alehoof and Alecost) with hops. The Massachusetts Company introduced them to North America in 1629, but it took until 1800 before it was an important field crop. The end of the Eastern U. S. market came in the 1920s with a major out break of downy mildew. Today most hops are grown in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California. Hops have a long history of medicinal uses as well. Probably the most popular being its use as a sedative due to the substance called lupulin.

  If you would like to see a little video of The Thyme Garden in action packing your hops click on this link - Happy Hoppers. This is most of The Thyme Garden family. Husband and wife Rolfe and Janet Hagen and daughter Bethany. Daughter Emily is missing. We aren't always this crazy, but maybe most of the time. We just love working together and doing the work we do. We send along a little of our good energy with each of our orders.

  Hops are unisexual, only the female hops produce the flowers used in brewing. All rhizomes we offer are female. As the female flower matures, they form cone-like structures. The mature cones are 1 to 3 inches long, yellowish green and papery to the touch. They are generally harvested in August and September, dried and used for brewing, medicinal or ornamental uses.

Customer Experiences 
Growing Hops Around the Country

  One of our often asked questions is "Which hop rhizomes will do best where I live?" Even though my wife and I traveled through most of the states back in the sixties in our hippie van I don't remember enough about the growing conditions of every state to help me make those recommendations. Actually we had things other than hops on our minds at the time. So we sent a request along with our hundreds of hop orders this year and asked if they'd be willing to take the time to share their experiences with growing hops in there area of the country. This might be more accurate than me guessing. I'll be adding their stories below as we get them. Email me your experience - we'd love to share it.

ARIZONA
Phoenix, AZ
We're at the 33rd parallel. Hops are said to grow between the 35th and 55th, whether north or south, so I'm about 100miles out of range. I've been attempting to grow them here for about 4yrs now. I've attempted both in the ground and containers, having more success with containers just because I can move them around a bit if necessary. Last year was the best year I've had as I actually got a crop. I ended up with 1.75oz after drying. I've never been able to get actual hops growing before just the vines.

The biggest issue I've had is getting them to survive over the winter. They either get to much water or not enough but always end up rotting in the ground. This last year I grew 5 different varieties; CASCADE, CENTENNIAL, CHINOOK, NUGGET and MAGNUM. Magnum by far did the best. I've tried centennial every year and it seems to do well here, that's why I stick with it. Cascade did really well here too. All these varieties did well here until it hits about 105F, then growth practically stops. Once it gets over 110F and stays there for a bit you'll start to lose them. If hops are grown in the areas they're supposed to be, they need all day sun, but I've found here in PHX, they need shade all afternoon, and lots of water. I watered everyday, usually about 1 gallon per container. I had 2 plants sitting on a Southern exposure, and the other 3 on an Eastern exposure. They all did equally well concidering the East side got full afternoon shade and the South got heavily filtered afternoon shade from a mature mesquite tree. I also tied the lines up to the roof line, so for the South side they ran up 8ft and the East side ran along a slope, so about 8ft up to 15ft. Once they all hit the roof line, I cut them off and they all sent out shoots sideways and filled in a bit. They had a 50/50 mix of potting soil and homemade compost. They were also heavily mulched with alfalfa.
It has been very challenging, especially the over wintering, if I can get them to survive into a second year and get stronger I think they could do well here. Its getting them established that's been tough. I will also mention that if they don't make it this winter I'm not going to spend anymore time trying to grow them here, its been a lot of time/effort and I'll have to accept that they weren't meant to grow in PHX.


CALIFORNIA
Cupertino, CA
I live in Cupertino in the foot hills (just south of San Francisco). These hops get some morning and mid day sun. They get very little late day sun. Soil is clay so I have added heavy amounts of chicken compost and a bit of sand for drainage. Ever few months I top of the ground with manure. I fertilize with fish compost when the vines are growing fast. I only use drip irrigation. 

Year 2009 I purchased and planted Cascade, Sterling and Willamette hops. I got a strong harvest of each vine. Each rose over 15 ft tall and I was harvesting in mid August. No issues at all.

Year 2010 Cascade came on stronger. Sterling disappeared (dug up ground and could not find rhizome) Willamette did very well. --> I did not test my hops but the Willamette seems to have a very high AA%. It made some wonderful hoppy beers that I have not been able to replicate with 10% store bought hops. I purchased and planted two Magnum. They did well but not a big first harvest. Large cones!

Year 2011 I purchased and planted three Zeus. These are the same as Columbus right? Already I can see Cascade with three shoots. It's ready to grow big time! No sign of Willamette yet (no concern) and Magnums are starting to grow.

Lessons learned:
1. Mark your hops with a sign. I hear of too many issues with guys forgetting what is planted where. 2. Cascade seems to love it here (95014). All grow well. I don't know what happened to Sterling :-(. That was the base of my German Lager German. 3. Having the right soil with good drainage makes your hops happy.
Cheers!

Los Angeles, CA
Hello!
Thought I'd give some feedback on how our first year or rooted hop rhizomes did this year. We live in Southern California (at the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains just 10 miles north of downtown Los Angeles). We planted 1 Centennial, 2 Chinook, 2 Cascade, and 1 Magnum in a garden along a west facing wall of our 2 story home. Got some tips from my homebrew club, the Maltose Falcons, and combined that with the great info provided by The Thyme Garden. Cascade and Magnum were off to the races first with Centennial and Chinook growing much slower. Cones were first on Cascade, then Magnum, with no cones on either Centennial or Chinook. Harvested the Cascade and Magnum in mid-August, right as they reached perfection. Cascade cones were huge and we ended up with 8oz. Magnum were smaller in size and we ended up with 4oz. This week we'll be brewing our first fresh hop IPA with our own hops...can't wait! We'll go through the process to prepare the same vines for next year, hoping we can get some production from Centennial and Chinook and more volume from the Cascade and Magnum. You'll get our pre-orders for next year as we'd like to expand varietals in other locations on our property. Cheers!

Novato, CA
Bethany -
 I bought hop rhizomes for the first time this year. As far as I know they were rootless, but I'm not sure what I actually bought. I planted them in two beds right next to one another on the east side of a solid wooden fence. Of the six plants, two have climbed to the top of the fence, while the rest are less than halfway up. Pictures are attached. I planted then in a planting mix from the local nursery, and used no additional fertilizer. I water them two or three times a week, depending on how hot the weather's been. I live at the northern end of Marin, just north of San Francisco. - Rick


East of San Diego, CA
The 3 Chinook rhizomes arrived yesterday in good shape, much larger & robust than those they replaced...already planted & ready to grow! Great service & Thank You! I live in Southern California, in the hills east of El Cajon, 20 miles east of San Diego, @ 1600 feet elevation, with warm summers (usually in the 80's & 90's during the summers, with an occasional low 100's) I've planted 8 different kinds of hops. Both Chinook & Magnum produced heavily, with Cascade & Centenial also producing well. Northern brewer did well, with very small cones. Nugget & Saaz are doing ok. The Fuggle has yet to produce, & this will be it's third season. I use individual bubbler heads for watering each basin, using well water. The hops are planted on a terraced hillside, facing south-west, full-sun, getting late afternoon shade from large trees below. With some of the plantings, I built a 12" raised bed due to drainage issues I discovered after digging 18" holes for planting (clay in soil?). I used 12" chicken wire 'baskets' to protect from gophers, also had to install a chain-link fence to protect from rabbits. The hops are planted in like pairs, about four feet apart, with a 10 1/2 ft. high 14' x 21' trellis system made out of recycled 1" iron pipe. I use hemp twine to support the vines, installed each spring as the vines grow. Last year was my first harvest from the two-year old hops vines. Thanks again, Randy
 
Santa Barbara, CA
I planted four different varieties of hops around the middle of April, 2013. Following is a report of the progress of varietals. All were planted at same time, same soil and same location. All the rhizomes looked "healthy" upon delivery and planting.
1) Zeus - never sprouted. Don't know what happened as it never showed itself above the ground.
2) Brewers Gold - same as Zeus - never saw it above the ground.
3) Cascade - this varietal is doing great. Sprouted within a week and has been going crazy since. It only has an 8' pole to grow on, but it would be at the top of a 20' pole if it was provided. Very lush and many flowers. This one is a "monster" hop.
4) Nugget - doing very good. Not quite as vigorous as Cascade, but plenty healthy and looking good. Lots of flowers. If the Nugget was not next to it the Cascade it would be the monster hops of the garden.
 
Hope this feedback is helpful -Wally

Southern California, 33rd Parallel
I wanted to report the results of planting my Chinook hops I received from you. After preparing the planting area to amend fertilizer and ensure proper drainage(which was better than expected), I waited for the first shoots. Once established I setup a simple stake to control what I thought was going to be small growth with most production going to root development. They exploded in growth and actually produced a fair amount of hops that were harvest worthy, even for a few month old vine. If it wasn't for a spider mite infestation that I failed to control, I would have had been able to use the hops in my homebrew beer. I am very pleased with the quality of rhizomes I received and look forward to many years of hops.


COLORADO
Boulder, CO
The summer of 2011 will be my 7th season growing hops. I have 21 plants (14 varieties) in my garden plot in Boulder, CO which is a dry and semi-arid climate. The plants receive full sun and grow vertically up 14ft posts with a narrow cylinder of fencing attached (think of a staked 14ft tomato cage). I cut all new growth back until about April 15th and then limit the each plant to 5 bines. Dry weight is measured after the cones sit in a homemade drying oast.

I have kept fairly accurate records over the last six years and have summarized my results from only mature three to six year old plants into three groups.

High Producers (2-3.5 lbs of dried cones per plant): Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Mt Hood. Columbus gives me the most bang for my buck in terms of alpha acid% and production, which usually tops 3.5 lbs dry weight. Holy Cow, Columbus is prolific!
Moderate Producers (1-2 lbs of dried cones per plant): Willamette, Tettnanger, US Goldings, Sterling, Hallertau
Low Producers (Less than 1 lb of dried cones per plant): Perle, Saaz, Northern Brewer. These three varieties are notoriously fickle and don't seem to like the constant sunshine of a Western summer. I am happy with anything they provide.

Last year I sent a summary of my experience with hops.  I am the #1 person under the state of Colorado.  If you want, you can add this to my report:..
Addendum:  In the spring of 2012, I purchased Brewer’s Gold and Newport rhizomes from Thyme Garden and planted them in early May (rather late) in place of a few Liberty hops rhizomes that did not sprout.  I thought they would just need a small stake for the first summer since I planted them so late.  Geez, was I wrong!  I had to set up two more 14’ trellises like the ones used on my other hops.  The Brewer’s Gold and Newport produced 1.25 lbs (dried) each and had enough potency to be used as the primary bittering hops in a few English IPA’s I brewed this during the fall.  Even as first year plants, they were as lush as vigorous as many of my mature plants.  Hops never cease to amaze me…

DELAWARE
Newark
According to the Farmers Almanac, we are considered region 2 the Atlantic Corridor, which basically extends from Richmond Virginia to Boston. Last year I planted your cascade and centennial hops in great soil on the south side of my house up a trellis and string, where they get blasted with sun all day long. I planted them a couple days after receiving them the first week in April during frequent rain. I watered them weekly for a month and a half, and then not again until late summer following a dry spell lasting over a month. Both did fine. I even harvested close to 5 oz dried. The centenials came back a little over a week ago, while the cascades just emerged yesterday. They were used for dry hopping and it tasted great! Hope this helps and thanks again for the hops! - Bill


ILLINOIS
Chicago Area
Many thanks. Have a friend who is new to brewing. Just happens that he lives in the 'burbs of Chicago...so plenty of space to grow. I live in the city with very limited space. However my Centennial and Perle rooted rhizomes you sent last year really took off. Will send a photo of last years growth. Thanks again.
 - John


Hello Thyme Garden!
I got a message in our package of hops rhizomes this year regarding our hops experience. So here it goes.
This is our second year attempting to grow hops. It's a little unconventional. We're growing our hops in containers on a tar roof in Chicago. Last season we planted Wilmette and Galena hops in 20 gallon containers (cheap utility bins from the hardware store) on the roof. Overall, I feel they did exceptionally well. These were planted in potting soil mix. Both were trimmed to two bines in their first year. I plan on growing three bines off of each this year. Bines reached between 15 and 20 ft in length and produced roughly 1/2 to 3/4 size immature cones. Both varieties lost a little foliage from scorching in during the heat wave we had last summer. They typically required 1-2 gallons of water a day on the warmest/sunniest days. I've attached several pictures from their first year. We donated one bine to hang over the bar at our local establishment Maria's for good luck.
I wasn't able to find much information on growing hops in containers on the internet. Mostly I found failure stories. I plan on uploading a webpage covering our hop growing adventure to encourage others.
This year we're hoping for mature hop cones from the Wilmette and Galena hops and will be starting the Cascade and Pride of Ringwood in 30 gallon Smart Pots. We'll add some herbs to the pots with the hops too. I'm especially interested in how the Pride of Ringwood does with the heat on the roof.
Anyway, that's our experience so far. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions!
All the best,
Chris,Chicago, IL



INDIANA
Southern Indiana
We just received our rhizomes for the fourth year from you! thanks!!
We are in the ohio valley in southern indiana and we are in our fourth year of hop growing. We began with chinook and cascade and they do very well! Last year we began with brewer's gold and have bought more this season. We are also experimenting with stering and zeus this year.

Wilamette and fuggle are NOT good in this area. No production. The problems we do have are junebugs which we hope to keep down with milkey spore and the heat/humidity did a number on our crops last year.
We are small hobby farmers and the brewery which i work for brews an annual harvest ale each year with our freshly picked hops. We also sell to local homebrew suppliers. We really do enjoy hop farming even if we are on small scale.
Hope this information helps you! Colleen and Matt

Knightstown, IN
Hey I wanted to let you know how the hops did this year. My name is Ryan Hammer and I live in Knightstown, IN. 30 min east of Indianapolis. I purchased four varieties, ten rhizomes of each, from The Thyme Garden this last spring to start a small farm to supply hops here locally. The craft brewing scene has really expanded here in Indiana in the last few years and so has the need for more local ingredients. The varieties are CTZ, Nugget, Magnum, and Northern Brewer. The CTZ were the regular size rhizomes( which I double planted) and all the rest were rooted rhizomes. Every rhizome I planted sprouted strongly. Nugget has grown the strongest this year, followed by the CTZ. This may have been due to the dirt these were planted in or because I did not trim back the first growth of any of the plants. Magnum had only 2 pounds between the 10 plants I had and Northern Brewer only had one plant put out hops. Again I think the lack of strong growth with those varieties is due to me not trimming back the first growth because one plant had extremely bad growth which I cut back to the ground and then within a month had great, strong growth and produced the largest Magnum hops out of any of the bines that grew. I plan on buying more hop Rhizomes this next year to triple the number of plants we had. My CTZ crop has been sold to Sun King Brewing this year for a wet hopped version of their Pale Ale and they are possibly going to buy the Nugget hops as well. Thank you for selling quality products that has given me a successful start in my small business.

Lawrence County, IN
I am just getting around to emailing to you how we did in 2012, from the organic rhizomes we ordered from The Thyme Garden.(Winter 2011) We also just pre-ordered 32 Cascade and 16 Nugget Hops Rhizomes from your web site. A short background...
My brother Bill and I have access(control) of 41 acres in southern Indiana.  We are growing Niagara Grapes and Cascade Hops as a small hobby/business. We plan/hope to supply several microbreweries in our area, that just happen to be owned by friends.
We ordered 32 organically grown Cascade Hops Rhizomes from the Thyme Garden last year.  We planted them in 12' by 12' beds(8 plants per bed) with a single support pole in the center.(tee pee style)
ALL 32 plants grew vigorously, even allowing us a small harvest to give to friends.  We tilled deeply, dug planting holes with a post hole tool, and mixed the existing excellent soil 50/50 with organic peat.
We use no chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers in our growing process, other than organic, well composted cow manure.

Portland, IN
This is my first year growth.  The hops on the left are centinnell and the hops on the right with the bushell on the top are chinook.  I also planted cascade but they did not grow.  I know others in my area that have had success with cascade though.  

IOWA
Iowa City, IA
Last year I purchased 4 different rhizomes: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Northern Brewer. I planted them on 4/4/2010 and on 4/23/10 I noticed shoots growing from the Centennial, Chinook and Northern Brewer. The Cascade never grew, but I think it wasn't a very healthy rhizome to start. I removed the sod where I planted the rhizomes, mixed in about 100 lbs of composte/manure mix, planted the rhizomes according to directions, and covered w/ straw. As they grew, I trimmed the shoots to leave the 3 strongest/healthiest shoots. The Centennial & Chinook did very well and reached the top of my 12 foot poles. I think they would have grown taller if I had a taller set up. They both had very large cones with lots of lupulin. The Northern Brewer only ended up growing to about 6-7feet and despite trimming the shoots, ended up looking more like a bush. I would say I got about 2 ounces dried weight in cones from each of the three hops.

This year I ordered a Zeus and Hallertauer rhizome that both look great. Looking forward to getting them started & having a large crop this year. I plan to set up some guide wires/lines to allow them to reach 25 feet this year!
Thanks & cheers! Luke

KENTUCKY
Northern Kentucky

I just received my shipment of hop rhizomes and I'm responding to the note included asking for feedback on results.
I'm in Northern Kentucky (the very tip, about 20 min south of Cincinnati OH) and last year I planted Nugget, Magnum, Crystal, Williamette, Cascade, Sterling and Chinook. Of them, Nugget, Crystal, Cascade, and Chinook did well. Magnum did produce, but poorly, and Sterling and Williamette simply stopped growing after getting about 2 feet off the ground (they didn't die, they simply stopped growing - Williamette even tried to flower). I had multiples of each variety and results were consistent within all varieties.
I'm looking forward to planting these Zeus, (more) Cascade and Fuggle as replacements to the varieties that didn't do so well. I'll try and remember to send updates at the end of the season.
And by the way, these rhizomes are beautiful and healthy looking!

MARYLAND
Baltimore, MD
Good evening. I noticed you were asking for feedback on the hops. I ordered three varieties: Cascade, Fuggle, and Nugget. All the rhizomes, except one Cascade (due to erroneous planting, I'm sure, confusing horizontal and vertical, not that I don't know the difference but I misread how the shoots and the actual root needed to be set) have been doing good as you can see in the pictures.

  Starting to get a little budding action, but I really don't expect these to really flower until at least next year. This year, I really wanted to just see if these could survive. Now I know with proper cultivation, hops in Baltimore City can thrive!
  I homebrew, but considering the space limitations in my front yard, where we have a decent garden going, I plan to make some space in our back yard for a more exaggerated growth of hops to produce enough for brewing. The front yard yield may be just enough to do some small batches and also help me find additional creative ways to use hops. I may be a hophead when it comes to beer, but I love the aroma, and often the individual taste, of the hops all on their own.
  We have many local breweries popping up in town and I believe some are starting to use hops grown in Maryland, mostly from Western Maryland. But in the interest of local sustainability, I hope that the Baltimore hops continue to thrive and maybe some day are part of the burgeoning Baltimore brew-ganza.

Your rhizomes did great, and I plan to pre-order more for next year.

Slainte! Doug

Cascade Fuggle Nugget

MASSACHUSSETS
North Attleboro
For the past years I am growing hops as I brew 12 gallons every 3 weeks at Barleycorn.com in Natick Mass. It started out as a hobby and for giggles I tried this many years ago, about 6 or 7 years going strong.

What I did find out was potting was an option on the deck in most sun. Wooden ones worked well, plastic NG, ceramic NG. Basically what does work well is baskets made out of twine/sticks with a plastic bag put in as a liner with some holes at the bottom and a few rocks for drainage. When it does get cold or a frost may occur, I bring them inside and always around this time of year works best to start the rhizomes. They were big ones this year from you guys. I sit them on the deck which is wood and watch them grow, some rocks under the planters, as the deck does get extremely hot and temp has killed some of them,  some miracle grow along the way and I use miracle grow potting soil. Do they take off. Some years I get some buds. Last year I got an ounce of them and they do work with beer so well.
Around October, I pack them up and transplant them in a friends yard, big yard next to a large garage in direct sunlight and they get over 30 feet tall. Others that I plant, which is in some sunlight don't take off as well, they do OK, but that sun is so important in the northeast.
This year, the transplants are already 4 inches and lots of them are all over the place. Sunlight is so important as what we see.
We grow magnum, centennial, Columbus doesn't do well.

I was married 15 years and after 10 years of just me and the boys, I added a tap on my counter with a freezerless refrigerater under in the basement to hold many kegs. I brew big Dave's IPA and that's my story.In this place, the boys rule, the women drill and the tap stays. -David

MICHIGAN
Western

 Thought I'd share a photo of my 1st year Brewers Gold Hops that were purchased from you and planted May 2nd.

 They grew to my 18ft.wire and headed across and down a few more feet. This is my first attempt at growing hops and I'm very pleased with the stock I purchased from you.
  I'm located in Western Michigan. The Willamette grew almost equally as well and the Cascade was the least hardy.
  Plenty of flowers on all. Now I need some Sage advise on when to harvest, any suggestions?

 Thank you,
 Bill 


MINNESOTA
Minneapolis, MN
Hey Thyme Garden Crew,
I just wanted to thank you all so much for providing me with such quality hops! I know you have to say not to expect much on the first year of growing but with the rhizomes I received from you guys I ended up with a little over 5 ounces in year one! I cant wait to see what happens this year! I ordered a few more from you this year and they are all out of the ground climbing away already! Thank you so much again, and keep up the good work! -TJ

St. Paul, MN
Hey there Rolfe!

I ordered two kinds of hops from you the spring after moving into my new home in St. Paul, Minnesota; Chinook and Northern Brewer.

I planted each of them at the base of part of my deck so that they would have something to climb on. Both plants did well, despite a summer of drought, but he Northern Brewer took off like nobody's business!!!I think it may have had something to do with being placed at the bottom of a slope, which meant that it's roots got a lot of rain run-off and stayed moist despite the hottest summer I've ever experienced in this state.

Both plants did well. I got 6 strobiles off the Chinook, which surprised me, given that it was their first season planted.But the Northern Brewer was a whole different story. I never got so many blossoms at my old house even after 4 years of growth!

Pictures to prove it!!

Thanks for the great hops, Heather


MISSISSIPPI
Southern
Rolfe,
I found a note in the packaging of my hop rhizomes asking for feedback on how the hops were doing in my area.  I live in very southern Mississippi.  Of the 100 rhizomes I ordered, I probably have 98% survival rate.  This is amazing considering my experience with other vendors.  Prior to the purchase from you, I only had a survival rate of around 30%.  Obviously, the survival rate of your hops has created problems....I have had to increase the area along with additional lines, etc.  A great problem to have.  I have tried several other varieties in the past but it seems that cascade is all that will grow in my area.  The ones that I purchased from you are currently over 6 foot tall and have some beginning cones.  I think next year, I will try some different varieties due to the success that I have had your product this year.
 
Thanks for great service and a great product. -Tom 


NEW YORK

Upstate NY
Hello Thyme people,
The Cascade hop rhizome I had ordered in the winter arrived today (3/21/2011). It arrived in very good shape. Also, the seeds that you sent earlier arrived in only two days. That was quick!
I am responding to your request to track how the hops grow in various places in the United States. I live in upstate New York near some foothills in zone 5a. Our soil is heavy clay and rocky. I planted the rhizome today. Fortunately the frost had just gone out in that spot this week. We did get about 4 inches of snow last night, but I scraped the snow away and dug the hole. The soil was perfect for planting hops. I dug down about a foot and put some chicken manure in the hole, mixed it with some soil, put a layer of regular soil above that, then planted the rhizome. I covered the rhizome with regular soil. I put a long slender 1/8 inch wire right alongside of the rhizome leading up to the trellis horizontal lines.
I have had some hops growing along the back side of my garden for some time (Hallertauer & Tettnanger ), but never did anything with them. They survive, but they do not "thrive." They are near the edge of some trees and I believe they could not compete very well, so last year I relocated a rhizome to the berry garden under a trellis. I also ordered and planted a Willamette hop rhizome as well. At that point I had never heard of your company, so the hop I ordered was from a large seed company. That rhizome came as a very small rhizome, but it did grow. It really struggled, though. My transplant did far better and was about 3 times larger than the ordered plant by the end of the season.
It will be interesting to track the rhizomes last year with the one I ordered from your company for this year. Your rhizome was even in better shape than the one I dug up from my garden fence. I have a feeling, however, that my heavy clay soil is going to be detrimental to their speedy development. But I will do everything I can to make them thrive. I do not expect the newly planted rhizome to grow as fast as the 1 year olds, but I can still track the difference in how it grows relative to how the other two did last year.
I do not know if this will help you, but I cannot grow grapes here. They die back to the ground every year. That is why I had room for the hops, the grapes never could survive the winter in that spot so I figured I could use the trellis for hops. I make beer, so I thought, "why not!" I like Sierra Nevada beer and they use Willamette and Cascade hops. I can't wait to use them for my Imperial Oat Stout that I make from grains.
Thank you for your prompt service and quality plants. I will let you know how they grow throughout the year. Ray

Lyons, NY
We live in Lyons, a small town in upstate central New York.  The Finger Lakes Region.  My wife purchase a Cascade Hop rhizome for spring 2012 planting.  I think we had pretty good success for a new planting.  We harvested 3.3 ounces of fresh hops our first year and we made a nice 5 gallon batch of home brew with those fresh wet hops.  Nice!
 
Our hop vine is going strong this spring too.  Several vines are already well over 7' up the trellis.  Another report to follow after this years harvest.
Peace. Joe

NORTH CAROLINA
Southern Coastal, NC
This is my first time growing hops, so I took a wild guess on varieties that would grow in my area. I live in southern coastal NC zone 8. The summers are painfully hot with high humidity and the rain can be really heavy or completely absent for long periods. I planted the chinook and cascade varieties. The cascade started out strong and looked like it would do really well but in the heat of the summer the plants both got a serious case of spider mites.  The cascade really did not tolerate this well, but the chinook kept going strong despite the little buggers. I made sure to bottom water to avoid fungal issues which did not arise though made for perfect conditions for the spider mites.  I also had more hops harvest from the chinook than the cascade, of course year two may be another story.

Good luck!

NORTH DAKOTA
Napoleon

Hello!I just wanted to give you some feedback on the hops rhizomes I ordered from you last year. I ordered one of each: Fuggle, Mt. Hood and Nugget. Our growing zone is 3-4 and the Nugget really did well—it was the first one out of the gate and grew to be 4-5 feet tall. The Mt. Hood also did very well, while not as quick to emerge as the Nugget, it grew very comparably once out of the ground. The Fuggle really struggled, but it was probably in a bit of a shady/weedy area of the garden. I have them covered with straw and I am keeping my fingers crossed for spring (the incredibly mild winter we’ve had so far doesn’t hurt either)! - Amy


OHIO
I pre-ordered hop rhizomes back in October, so I have been very anxious to get them. I received the shipment email on Thursday and was a bit nervous about getting them, because I leave town on Sunday. So my uncle and I prepped the ground and created our mounds to plant them yesterday(Friday). To my surprise, they came in the mail today. Wow! What a wonderful choice I made by purchasing from the Thyme Garden! These rhizomes are top notch! I got rooted cuttings of Cascade, Willamette, Chinook, Nugget, and Magnum. Zeus, Mt. Hood, and Perle were standard cuttings. The standard rhizomes were more than what I expected for the rooted cuttings. I ordered rhizomes last year from another place, and they were basically dry sticks smaller than my pinky. The shipment was a long voyage to Ohio, and they were still very moist. I will recommend you to anybody. I attached a few pictures of our hops plot for our "before" pictures. I anticipate the "after" pictures that I will send you in August/September be a lot greener!  Frank


Ok, Rolfe...more update pictures on the rhizomes planted on 3/9/13 in Ohio. In photo "9", from left to right, Rooted cuttings of Magnum, Nugget, standard cutting of Zeus, Rooted cutting of Chinook and Cascade. The hops to the far right were planted last year from a different supplier. Photo 6...the far right three are from you: Rooted cutting of Willamette, standard cuts of Perle and Mt. Hood...the others are those same second year hops. Photo 8 is the top of the Zeus. It is ready to explode with hops! The peak of the barn is about 18' tall. Thanks for the wonderful product!

- Frank

Dayton, OH
 I purchased some hop rhizomes from you a few years ago, three years to be exact. I have just successfully harvested my first hops.  Yippee.  
To share with you my experience.  I have been growing them in Dayton, Ohio.  They are in a spot that gets late morning to evening sun.  It's the hottest place in the garden.  It gets the most light.  They were in a container the first year then I moved them to the ground.  The second year they did produce a few hops but nothing worth harvesting. 
 
But this year, the third year....WOW.  They have grown so tall, probably the typical 16 feet if not longer.  And they are so full of hops flowers.  I do water them when there is no rain for a few days or in very hot temps.  It can get into the 90's here for a week or so and it's too hot then not to water them.  But in the spring and well into the summer we get A LOT of rain here.  And then when it's hot it is very muggy and humid.  I would say these hops really like this climate.  They have been thriving and sending off so many new shoots this year.  There was too many to stay on top of.  They were coming out from the ground about two feet away from the original rhizome.  
 
I also fertilized with compost, a dry organic mix and some kelp.  
 
I do not know yet how much in weight we will harvest this year.  There is more to harvest and they have yet to dry.  I will try to remember to update you once we get a final count.  
 
Thank you.  I appreciate your thyme (yuck yuck). Take care, Kathleen

PENNSYLVANIA
Southeastern, PA
I am responding to the request for an update on how the shipped hop rhizomes faired.  I planted 2 centennial and 2 cascade rhizomes in April.  I live in Southeastern PA and I am happy to report that all 4 rhizomes grew well.  I have harvested and dried the hops already and hopefully next year the vines will be even bigger.  Thanks - Jon


TEXAS
Houston, TX

Hey Guys,
I noticed in my last order of hops that you are compiling information about how well hops grow in different climates. I live in Houston Texas and I have ordered Zeus, Brewers Gold, and Cascade hops. I just received the Cascaded rhizomes so I don’t have any info, however the Zeus died as soon as temperatures reached the mid-90s. My Brewers Gold have thrived in the Houston climate. This will be the third season for them. I’ll let you know how the Cascades do this year.
 
Thanks,
Chad

San Antonio, TX
Hi Rolfe,
Just got the Chinook rhizomes you sent, thanks. My hop  experience in San Antonio is that Chinooks do better than centennial and magnum (my magnum's actually bit the dust last year in a record hot and dry summer). Centennials get a faster start and vine well but produce poor yield. The Chinook are slower to take off, and must be picked continuously for a couple months in mid summer. Ideal planting time is in early to mid February, as the plant will have a hard time keeping up with the heat if planted later. Yields are better in cooler, wetter years, but you'll need a lot of vines in order to support your home brew operation, regardless. My best yield so far was: about 3-4 oz per Chinook vine (dried). -Walter 

VIRGINIA
Mid North Region
We bought Hop Rhizomes from you last year and wanted to let you know how they are doing.  We planted Cascade, Centennial, Magnum, Sterling and Willamette.  The Cascade and Centennial did well for the first year, the others grew but were not as active.  Sterling struggled the most.  To prevent the Downy mildew problem and other disease issues I did spray them with Gardens Alive, Surround and it did seem to help.  We know of another person who is growing Cascade and Centennial in the Richmond area and his are doing very well.  We are in the mid north region of Virginia. 
Will let you know how they do next year! -Dori 


Northwestern Virginia, East of the Shenandoah Mountains

Hi Rolfe,
I have been meaning to respond to your request for information on how your hops grow in different parts of the country. Today, I rediscovered the slip of paper packed with my hops from March 2012. Here goes:
I live in rural northwestern Virginia east of the Shenandoah Mountains - the winters are relatively mild and the summers are hot and humid.
In 2012, I planted a number of rooted hops.  The stand-outs in terms of growth and production were the Cascade, Centennial and Nugget hops, although everything grew really well. I actually got about 3 lbs (wet weight) of Cascade hops in the first year of growth!  I had a few problems with mineral deficiency in the soil, but had nearly no problems with either mildew or insects.  Working in the garden today (late February 2013), I noticed a lot of fairly extensive root growth at 1 foot from the crown.  Although all the crowns are dormant right now, the winter has been usually mild (total snow <10 inches this season) and I expect budding in the next few weeks.  Looking forward to a productive year. I am extremely satisfied with your plants and am currently waiting on a few more plants I ordered from Thyme Garden to fill in the gaps in my hopyard.
Best,
David 

WEST VIRGINIA
Eastern

Hi, Rolfe and Janet:
This is our ho