Your guide – Choosing Hop plants for your Garden
Now is the time to order and plant your Hop Plants! These beautiful green climbers are a wonderful addition to the country garden, twirling up pergolas or decorating wall areas – if you plant them now they will establish themselves for good growth in their first year.
All our Hop Plants are sent out bare-rooted and certified disease-free, and come with full growing instructions. Or you can purchase potted hop-plants from outside the shop on Castle Farm.
They also come with the added bonus of being able to help you brew your own beer (should you wish)!
Why Grow Your Own Hop Plant?
Growing hops at home gives you a reliable, seasonal supply of fresh hops. You can use hops for home brewed beer, or steep them in boiling water for a refreshing cup of tea. Hops are also nutritious and a fantastic addition to your diet.
You can cook young hops sprouts or eat the leaves, which lend themselves well to many vegetable dishes (we recommend them sautéed in garlic butter).
Growing hops is also a great hobby – pruning, watering and harvesting your hops can be an immensely satisfying and fulfilling activity.
What variety should I buy?
The most popular commercial varieties for decorative use in gardens or for home-brewing are Fuggles (a well-known brewing variety with a large showy hop flower) and Wye Challenger (good for lager-type beers, with a mass of smaller compact flowers). Fuggles is excellent for sleep pillows, Wye Challenger is perfect for decorative use. Both these varieties will grow to about 5m (15 – 16ft) in height in a season, once established.
For smaller gardens or for growing along fences, we recommend Prima Donna – a dwarf variety growing to about 2.5m (8ft) and with brewing characteristics similar to Wye Challenger.
ALL OUR PLANTS ARE CERTIFIED DISEASE-FREE – an important consideration when buying hops which can be susceptible to soil-borne viruses.