The history of hops can be traced back to first century (A.D.) Rome, where it was used as a vegetable and as a decorative plant. Several hundred years later it had spread throughout Europe and was in widespread use in brewing.
Plant related hops rhizomes of the same variety four inches deep and three feet apart during early spring, and provide a layer of mulch.
As much as they like a well worked, deep soil, hops also like to climb. You should make plans for a vertical support or climbing space of from 10 to 20 feet. Hops plants can grow 25 feet in a season, so keep an eye on them. Overcrowding can lead to problems with mildew, so it's better to thin plants than deal with overcrowding issues. Because mildew is always a potential threat, water plants during the morning hours.
Hops is sensitive to too much watering, so be consistent but don't overdue it. Letting young plants dry out a little between waterings is probably a good idea. It will encourage their roots to venture deeper into the soil.
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