The Basics of Growing Hops (Humulus Lupulus)
For those who enjoy brewing beer, you may be wondering how to grow hops for beer brewing. There is no specific protocol to follow because it really depends on your personal circumstances and your garden space. How to grow hops for beer brewing generally falls into three categories, based upon the growing season. If you live in a warm climate then, late summer is the best time to plant them. In cool climates however, late winter or spring is the right time because the plants do not need as much warmth to flourish. One of the reasons why they thrive in cooler climates is that they require less water.
Hops For Beer Brewing
The first step in growing hops for beer brewing is to get the right place for the plant to thrive. hops typically grow in rich soil that receives lots of sunlight, but dry soil is also acceptable if the soil has pockets of moisture in it. Hops tend to be a perennial plant and therefore require around 6-8 hours of direct sunlight a day so the location is very important. You should also plan on taking care of the plant by ensuring it receives plenty of water. Hops tend to be a climbing plant so they need a good solid vertical space to enable them to grow into their full growth form. When growing hops, you will notice the cones turning towards the light, as they grow bigger they reach out to receive as much light as possible.
Why Are Hops Important For Brewing Beer?
Well the hop vines can be used to transform your ordinary everyday beer into a highly sought after and exclusive brew. It is essential to know exactly what type of vines are best suited for brewing before you start creating your own brews, as some varieties of hops will produce a much better result than others. There are three main varieties of hops, but there are many more sub-varieties, and it’s essential to choose the best one for you and your brew. They all have their own unique set of qualities which means they can’t be combined with any other variety, although some varieties are very similar to one another and inter-relate quite well with one another.
What Is Special About Hop Rhizomes?
Well the rhizome part of the plant is actually the part of the vine which actually grows, unlike other varieties of vines which shoot out tendrils from the base of the vine. The rhizome is responsible for storing the sugars produced by the growth of the plant, so it is vitally important to provide your new crop with plenty of space to grow into a vigorous and healthy plant. There are many different varieties of hop vine, and each one varies slightly in growth habit and environment, but they all work equally well as long as you give them the same support.
If you’re starting out with a new small scale growing project then you should certainly research the best way to grow hops first. The hop that you select will depend on the specific recipe you’re working on, but all small scale plants require similar requirements to produce a high quality product. You’ll need to provide good organic soil, plenty of space for the plants, regular watering and the correct temperature and light levels. Once you have established a plant it should be quite easy to take care of, and if you wish to harvest the plants regularly then it is essential that you prune the plants back regularly to keep the soil nice and moist, removing any dead or dying leaves and roots.
To grow hops you should plant them in either a large container such as a paver bowl, or a small planter baggie, as both allow you plenty of room for growth. If you’ve purchased your hop seeds and plant them in a container, then after it’s established you just pop the plant into the ground and it will grow into a perennial plant. You may then remove some of the annual seeds and replant the whole lot into another area, but you must make sure that the soil has sufficient drainage and that the plant gets all of the sunlight and nutrients it requires. Hops also like the shade provided, so it’s a good idea to plant them in groups of three or four. You can even group them by season, say by time of year, to ensure that the hop cones are distributed over the whole of winter. The best time to harvest your perennials is in the spring, but if you want to ensure they continue to give you excellent results then you should try to harvest at least once a year.