Hops (Humulus lupulus) seeds, organic [WA, ID NO]

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Family:  Hemp (Cannabaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 8

Herbaceous perennial dioecious vine growing to 30 feet in a season.  Native to the Europe and Asia.  A vigorous grower at sea level or in the mountains, these are widely employed as fast summer shade and make luscious, dangling, bright green strobiles that are used in the manufacture of beer.  Traditional usage (TWM): Sleep inducing.  Yes, it is true, we do not deny that hops planted from seed will give both male and female plants of variable potency (alpha).  The most vigorous female plant with the most aromatic and bitter strobiles may be chosen out as a new strain of hops.  You can name it after yourself if you want! Propagate your favorite lady by cloning, through making root cuttings.    Plant prefers full sun and regular watering.  Give plenty of compost or rotted manure (Humulus lupulus = “humus wolf”).  Provide trellis.  Sow seed in the fall for germination in the spring, or sow in a cold frame or cold greenhouse from fall to very early spring, with germination in the spring as the soil warms.  Alternatively, give 30 days cold, moist refrigeration (mix seed with moist coir or peat moss in a sealed jar or plastic bag in the fridge) and then plant in a warm place, with germ in 1 to 3 weeks.  Our tests showed rampant germination after 30 days outdoor treatment (winter) and 12 days in a greenhouse, an induction period of 42 days until germination.  Work up in pots and transplant out 3 feet apart.  Unless you want to make seeds, pull up the males.

Packet contains 20 seeds
1 g contanis ~270 seeds
5 g contains ~1,350 seeds
10 g contains ~2,700 seeds

Certified Organically Grown  [Not available to WA or ID states!]

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  1. Question

    Alvaro182

    when do you harvest new seeds?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi alvaro, thanks for caring enough to ask about this. the hops were already harvested in september of this year.
      they will soon be put to stock. r

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    andy hopkins

    what variety are your seeds?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Andy,
      Hops varieties don’t come true from seeds. We have here an open-pollinated hops that gives a nice strobile on the female plants. You can read the monograph at this page for more info on this.
      Cheers,
      Richo

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    Jovie

    I’m in Oregon but am curious why these can’t be grown in WA and ID? Usually I figure it’s because a plant is noxious but I know WA has a booming commercial hops industry. Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi jovie, not noxious. just afraid that new cultivars will bring in an unwanted blight. we have to honor these rules. r

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    Pete (verified owner)

    Hello Richo, have you harvested the new hop seeds for this year? Hope all is well, thank you for your time.

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      Richo Cech

      yes, the new crop is in. r

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    Iris

    Will these grow in Phoenix, Arizona? I grew hops in Illinois. My plant came back every year. Thanks.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hops is pretty heat-hardy, i’d try it. r

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    Jo (verified owner)

    What would you describe the characteristics of these hops as? What do they smell like when they are harvested?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      they are bitter and hoppy like all hops strobiles.

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    Bruno

    Hello, I would like to ask if the seeds you sell are fresh, I want to know what the germination percentage is.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi bruno, we do replace our hops seed yearly with new crop and germ is dependent on conditions. we get 60% in our system. r

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    • Bruno

      Hi Richo, I would like to know when you will have the next seed harvest, I want to grow fresh seeds.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      my records show that we usually harvest this in the month of november. rac

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  8. Question

    Pete (verified owner)

    Hello Richo, what year do hops which are grown from seed show their gender? I have plants that are three years old, grown from seed that have yet to show whether they are male or female. Any insight is much appreciated, thank you for your time.

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Pete, you mean they’re 3 years old and you don’t have any strobiles yet? That does seem strange. I would’ve said 2 years or 3 years max. Richo

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    Alvaro

    Morning Richo, Are they wild seeds from Oregon?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Alvaro, No, these are cultivated Humulus lupulus from Oregon. Richo

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    Dina (verified owner)

    What variety of hops is this seed? I’ve been reading that there are several varieties of hops… Chinook, galaxy, cascade, etc.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Dina,
      Hops varietals exist because they are cloned from a known parent. Hops of the “cascade” type, for instance, won’t produce cascades if grown from seed. Our hops seed produces Humulus lupulus. I think if you read the monograph (click on the photo) it will orient you about all this. Anyway, if you plant this seed, you will get males and females of diverse alpha. The fun of planting hops seed is choosing out your own varietal. You can name it “Dina.”
      Richo

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    Michal

    It has been a few years since I ordered and started growing these. They started nicely and became bigger, quite resilient to my care and conditions – weather suddenly warming up and just getting hotter and drier. I am still experimenting on finding the right spot, but even in a pot they seem to thrive. I would prefer ground and I think the hops too, though, but in my conditions that is not an option. It is quite a delight to see the root crown becoming bigger and fatter, and the lovely green shoots running up clinging and embracing twirling around whatnot comes their way.

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    Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    Summer of 2017 marked the completion of a 3-year experiment in growing our own hops from seeds. After choosing out 6 of our best plants to grow to completion, we ended up with 4 males and 2 females. The females made excellent strobiles, fat, bitter, lupulin-filled, comparable to hops of named varieties we have grown in the past. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but why is there so much info out there saying that you can’t grow your own hops from seed? That’s just not right. richo

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