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.
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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?
SRF provides established field grade hop plants. (top growth and an established root system) When planting a SRF hop plant, you should expect faster growth and a much better first year yield than a rhizome. A rhizome is a piece of the root cut from a mature plant typically taken out of the hop yard. When planting rhizomes you usually plant 3 roots per mound hoping that they will grow into a mature plant. Typically there is a 70% success rate with rhizomes.
How far apart do I plant them?
You should plant your hops a minimum of 4 feet between plants of the same variety. A minimum of 5-6 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.