Hops

Backyard Grower, Commercial Grower, or Brewshop…

 We can help you with all your growing needs.  From 1 plant to 50,000 plants. 

Sandy Ridge Farms of Zeeland, MI is an experienced hop propagator and grower of field-grade starter hop plants. Virus Indexed plant stock comes from the National Clean Plant Network and is maintained in a strict, preventative pest-management regimen. Customers include both organic hop growers as well as conventional hop growers.  We sell to Backyard Growers, Home Brewers, Commercial Growers, Michigan Hop Farms as well as Hop Farms all across the United States.

As a family owned farm we know how important a solid relationship is with our suppliers. So Sandy Ridge Farms strives to treat all of our growers as part of our family.

FAQs

How tall will the hops Grow?

A mature Hop plant can grow up to 18+ foot tall.  It must also grow to the top for the best yields.

How many plants do I need?

We figure about 1,000 plants per acre depending on the set up of your hop yard.

Rhizomes versus Plants?

When planting rhizomes you are usually planting 3 roots per mound hoping that they will grow into live plants. Typically there is a 70% success rate.  When planting a live hop plant, you are planting an established plant with a root system and should expect a much better first year yield than a rhizome.

How far apart do I plant them?

You should plant your hops a minimum of 3 feet between plants of the same variety.  A minimum of 5 feet apart when you are switching to a different variety.

When should I plant my hops?

You can plant in the Spring and in the fall.  If planting in the spring make sure there is no threat of frost.

Do you ship Internationally?

We have shipped international; however it is a pretty detailed process.  Please contact us for more information on this process.

When should I order my Hop plants?

It is best to order your plants 6 months in advance.  If planting in the Spring it is best to get your order in no later than July.  If planting in the fall no later than May.
This gives us the appropriate amount of time to propagate the plants that you will need.

What yield can I expect from my first year plants?

The first year you will obtain a very small yield as the roots are getting established.  Year 2 you can expect about a 50% yield. Year 3 the plant is mature and could expect a full yield.  Now that also depends on other variables. (Weather, pests, and fertilizer)

What variety should I plant?

Most growers plant what they know they can sell.  So it is best to be in contact with some of your brewers to see what they are interested in.  For home brewers they grow what they will use.  You can also view our hop informational sheet to see what the characteristics of each variety entails to make a better decision.

I live in Oregon. Will you ship to me?

Unfortunately we can not ship to Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Hawaii due to their strict shipping laws.
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