How to Grow Hops

How to Grow Hops

Are you researching how to grow hops for the beer lover in your life, and interested in adding hops to your garden? We take a lot of pride in our hops, and think they’re a beautiful, practical, and useful addition to any home garden.

Choosing a Site For Growing Hops

Hops are best planted in full sun. Plants will perform best if placed in well drained soil. Soil in the Willamette Valley can be improved by adding a compost mix to prior to planting. Hops have a very large root system and should not be kept in a container too long.

Planting Hops

Hop rhizomes should be soaked for several hours before planting. Examine the rhizome for the buds – they will indicate up from down. The buds should be facing up. If you are unable to tell which way is up, plant the rhizome sideways. Hops will thrive in any garden soil, but grow more vigorously with enrichment from compost or manure. As the vine begins to grow it is advisable to train it onto a trellis. In a single season, the vine will grow to a length of 25 feet.

How to Care for Hop Plants

Never let the plants dry out. This is a recipe for disaster, especially for newer plantings. Water deeply at least once a week. Remove any weeds carefully. Mulching is beneficial in the winter months, but be sure to keep mulch away from stems and crowns.

Pruning Hops

Hops have a perennial root system, but an annual top. After flowering, the top will start to die back. After the entire vine has died or turned brown, cut it back to ground level. There is nothing that needs to be done to the vine after that. Fertilize again in the spring with a slow release, all-purpose granular fertilizer.

Live in the Portland or Vancouver Metropolitan Area and looking for a place to purchase hops? Look no further than our Portland garden center. We’ll be here to help you get started.

Low-Maintenance Landscape Design using Oregon Native Plants

Low-Maintenance Landscape Design using Oregon Native Plants

Low-maintenance landscapes have become higher in demand as our lives and hobbies have changed, while the expectation for a great looking lawn and garden has stayed the same. Hiring a landscape maintenance service may be an option for some, and pesticides and herbicides seem to promise a relatively quick and cheap solution for the busy DIYer. But there’s a third way: use native plants.

Native plants are naturally adjusted to thrive in the Oregon climate with minimal help from people – meaning less water, less fertilizer, less bug and weed control measures, and ultimately, less maintenance.

 

This is the Pacific Coast Iris. It is ridiculously gorgeous and also native to Oregon!


The Benefits of a Native Landscape

There are quite a few Oregon native perennials, trees, shrubs, and ground covers that have the ability to really knock your socks off.

Benefits of using native plants in your landscape design include:

  • Less maintenance
  • Supports wildlife
  • Saves money by needing little watering or maintenance when planted well
  • Naturally reduces the use of pesticides and fertilizers – native plants have developed their own defenses against many pests and diseases
  • Gets your space closer to being a Backyard Certified Wildlife Habitat

 


 

A Few Examples of Landscape Plants Native to Oregon

Here are just a few of the Oregon native plants that can add some definite beauty to your landscape with minimal extra maintenance.

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Cornus nuttallii (Pacific Dogwood)

 

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Sedum oreganum (Oregon Stonecrop)

 

 

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Ribes aureum var. aureum (Golden Currant)

 

These are just a few of the show stoppers that provide a low-maintenance solution while still giving a landscape curb appeal. This website provides a vast native plant list to really delve into and find some incredible plants you’ll love.


Drake’s Can Design it for You!

If a native, low-maintenance landscape is on your mind, contact us! We can design and install a dream landscape that doesn’t take all your free time to keep it looking stunning!

 

Several Portland area projects - Traditional - Landscape - Other - by Drake's 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Center