How to Grow Hops in Containers at Home for Beer Brewing – Backyard Growing Hops Guide

By Brian Lemay 23 comments

This past year, I grew hops in containers and had great results I filmed every step along the way to share with you how to plant rhizomes prepare the soil growing and pruning tips when in how to harvest and Curing and storing tips. Be sure to stick around to the end where I share some lessons learned so you can grow more hops This is Tim and welcome to organic backyard gardening Thing you’ll need to decide when planting hops is to either use rhizomes or hop plants Rhizomes are the small roots that are cut from the main root stem of a mature female hop plant that looked like this You also can purchase hop plants. These have already started growing and will give you a head start They look something like this However, they are about double the cost of rhizomes hot variety that I chose to grow was a cascade hop This is a popular variety. But one thing to know is there’s many varieties that are actually proprietary This means that you need to be licensed in order to grow them some of those include Amarillo or Citra When receiving your rhizomes you want to put them in a plastic baggie with a moist towel and place them in the fridge This helps keep them moist until you’re ready to start planting Now where can you grow hops? Well today 75% of hops grow in the United States are grown in eastern Washington in a place known as Yakima Valley However, Hots can grow well in grow zones three to eight hops thrive at temperatures between 40 to 70 degrees hops are susceptible to frost so you want to plant them out a Couple weeks before your last frost date hops or vine plants that can grow extremely tall anywhere from fifteen to twenty-five feet They like a full Sun to partial shade I’ll show you what I did to devise a trellis to help them grow up the side of my house So let’s first look at what pots I used in Soil I decided to use containers because I didn’t have a permanent location for them yet in Hops have extremely large root systems. They’ll grow very deep roots. So you want to make sure you have a large enough pot I use 15 gallon buckets that are left over from landscaping trees. I First filled the bucket up about 75% with compost Followed by perlite for aeration Then vermiculite to keep the soil moist And topped it off with a little bit of azomite to help provide trace minerals which is totally optional Mix well, and then add water Now for planting on the rhizome root you’ll notice that you’ll have nodes This is where the plant will start to sprout Plant it a few inches Into the soil with the nodes facing up Keep the soil moist After a few weeks they’ll start to sprout shoots I put bamboo sticks into the pot and trained the shoots up the bamboo stick by wrapping them around the bamboo Broom to only three shoots per plant I Then screwed hooks into the eaves of my home and ran garden jute from the hooks down to the buckets and Then trained the vines from VAM boost onto the string I also trimmed some of the side shoots similar to as you would with tomatoes on the bottoms of the vine to promote vertical growth The watering strategy I used for these hops was to ensure that the soil did not dry out The pots that I used had drainage holes in the bottom I Suggest looking at your pot and making sure that it has drainage holes If it doesn’t drill holes into the bottom of the pot this would prevent over-watering having the roots sit in Excess moisture which could lead the roots to rotting You’re finding this video helpful. Please give it a thumbs up below this helps out the video and Subscribe to our channel. So you’re notified when we post new videos in July I started to have mini hop cones form, which was really exciting Up until now I had not fertilized these plans But I thought this was a good time to add additional compost and side rest the plants to add additional nutrients to help promote further growth I Just simply added it to the top of the pots and Spreaded it out accordingly so when you’re making your initial mix Make sure that you leave some room in the pot so you can top dress later in the season In mid-september Some of the hops are ready for picking now. It’s extremely important to know well when the right time to pick the hops are and this can be tricky but one of the key indicators is that the outer leaves start to turn brown and When you roll them between your fingers, they’ll sound crunchy something like this Another indicator is to pull apart the comb and make sure that there’s a yellow resin in the loop Yulin glands Loop line glands contain the resins and oils most brewers are looking for when making beer There’s a magnitude of chemicals present as glands. The three main ones are alpha betta acids along with essential oils If you don’t use your hops right away you’ll need to properly store them The way to do this is to dehydrate them I use a herb and spice dehydrator I set it at 95 degrees and laid out two hops on each of the trays Dehydrating is not the only method you can use to dry them out you could also use methods such as putting them on a window screen and Running a box pan underneath them I Then ran the dehydrator overnight about eight to nine hours After the dehydrating process I put them into a plastic bag Squeezed out as much air as possible and put them into the freezer to store them They should stay fresh in the freezer for about a year and then decrease potency as time goes on So let’s talk about some things that I could have done better some lessons learned to help you Now one thing to note I’m really happy with my Results the first year most of the energy growing the plant is going into growing the root system So the first year you’re not going to have a really big Hartness the subsequent years You’ll have more and more of a larger harvest. Stop being said I still think there is some room for improvement in my process So let’s talk through those First off I would have increased the pot size from 15 gallons to over 20 gallons I noticed that some of the roots were hitting the bottom of the pot Number two I think I would have experimented a little bit with providing some liquid soluble fertilizer such as fish emulsion specifically earlier on the growing season I think this would have given the plants a head start and made nitrogen quickly accessible to the plants Number three I would have liked to try hop plants I think that would have given me more of a head start on the season as Opposed to the rhizomes the rhizomes took it several weeks to sprout In number four I probably would have started with more than two plants so I could have a larger initial harvest and Larger harvesters the following year. Hope you found this organic backyard gardening video helpful. 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Alicia Clampet

Jan 1, 2019, 3:28 am Reply

I’m wanting to grow hops here in SE Oklahoma. Do you know what would be the best variety for me? We have supper hot dry summer with flooding


Jan 1, 2019, 10:22 pm Reply

You mentioned hops are susceptible to frost.. how do we protect the plans during winter?

Jamal Cole

Feb 2, 2019, 12:18 am Reply

Your videos are very good. Hopefully you made clones out of the vegetative excess . Hydroponics will save you a lot of water, I'm pretty sure you know that. To each it's own.


Mar 3, 2019, 2:17 am Reply

I am interested in raising hops using hydroponics (airponics) – did you consider that when you started your experiments? Also, what was your first year yield and how many plants or rhysomes did you pot?

Samantha Hnatiw

Mar 3, 2019, 2:39 am Reply

Does anyone know the reason why they are sold as seeds? Im just curious

justin williams

Mar 3, 2019, 7:08 pm Reply

I've heard some people suggest not planting the rhizomes in pots and that you have to plant them in the ground. Can you speak to this?


Apr 4, 2019, 4:15 am Reply

length of time from planting root to harvest? After harvest can the same plant regrow everything back?


May 5, 2019, 4:13 am Reply

Very informative video! The music can be a little too loud at some points compared to the the volume of narration though.


May 5, 2019, 6:35 pm Reply

Great video thanks for the info. Newbie question – Did you mean 20 gal or 20 liters pots? 20 gal seems really big. Thanks!

Trey Sullivan

May 5, 2019, 2:18 am Reply

Can you grow them horizontally instead of vertically?

Grilling With Woos

May 5, 2019, 10:39 pm Reply

What time of year did you plant your rhizomes?

co de klopper

May 5, 2019, 10:42 pm Reply

There is actually one more method to grow hops. You can propagate the cuttings from the bine. You cut them to leave 3 bines on the plant. Don't throw those cuttings away. devide the bines so you have a stem and 1 pair of leaves. Plant them with some rooting compound and you will have new plants. So 1 bine can produce several plants.

Hayden Kanzys

Jun 6, 2019, 10:50 pm Reply

why only three shoots?


Jul 7, 2019, 6:02 pm Reply

Great video ! Im on my first year cascade and it only sprouted one bine . That one bine is 15 ft tall now. I hope next year i get more.

Narith Um

Jul 7, 2019, 9:58 am Reply

i want to learn to grow hops but i don''t know how i can do that, because in my country ,there is no original hops tree

Panthera Metal

Jul 7, 2019, 4:20 am Reply

I wouldn't recommend vermiculite.

Jul 7, 2019, 5:21 pm Reply

Great vid! Check out the video response The Hidden Dangers of Hops in Beer


Aug 8, 2019, 1:19 pm Reply

great video! will try these steps this year however when you plant the rhizome how many months passed to get first hops?

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Sep 9, 2019, 4:06 am Reply


Youngjun Park

Oct 10, 2019, 11:25 am Reply

Good info video. ^^

Nate Murphy

Nov 11, 2019, 12:43 am Reply

You can take cuttings and put them in water and in about 6 weeks they will start to get roots 👍change water every 3 days

dewgong 12

Dec 12, 2019, 4:56 am Reply

What kind of yeild did you get?


Jan 1, 2020, 1:53 pm Reply

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