Hops require six to eight hours of sun per day, making site selection for planting hops very important. Finding a location that has good air circulation, ample drainage and plenty of vertical space is also key. Hops grow best in soil with a pH level ranging from 6 to 7.5, which makes soil amendments necessary in some conditions.Continue Reading
Adding plenty of compost and a good fertilizer to the soil prior to planting gets hops off to a good start. Hops rhizomes should be planted 6 inches deep and 1 1/2 to 3 feet apart. Raised beds are the best place to plant them, but any soil worked to 2 feet deep should be sufficient for good root development. Keep weeds and pest levels low by covering the soil with a thick layer of mulch after planting.
It is important that a trellis of some sort is constructed for the hops before they grow more than a few inches tall. This structure should allow the hops to climb and be sturdy enough to withstand their weight as well as a strong wind. The trellis must also be large enough that the entire leafy part of the hops plant is able to receive direct exposure to the sun.Learn more about Outdoor Plants & Flowers