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Bullion Bare Root Hop Plant
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One of the earliest high alpha hops in the world, the Bullion Hop was raised in 1919 in England from a wild Manitoban female crossed with an English male hop. It is used mainly in bittering Stouts and Dark ales. This variety thrives on all types of hops soils, it makes very vigorous growth and has a tendency to be overcrowded if not trained adequately. Growth of full bine should be restricted to one per string. The usual procedure is to initially train two bines, to allow for casualties and then, in late June to cut off one of them at its base; it is unnecessary to remove the cut bine from the string. The plants also need wide spacing, about 7ft x 7ft, and high wirework, 16ft to 17ft high, for their proper development. The extraordinary vigour of the plant makes it possible to furnish unoccupied strings with laterals which, when trained, attain nearly the size of the main bine. The compact, bold cones are very rich in resins. This hop has a strong earthy aroma that is evocative of bruised blackcurrant leaves. The popularity of this hop is increasing as microbrewers favour the strong individual flavours.
Bare root hop plants are available from November 1st until April 15th. The best time to transplant hop plants lies during this period whilst the plant is dormant.
Plants in 2 Litre pots are available from May until September but are available for UK mainland delivery only.
Time of ripening: Mid/Late season
Storage stability: Reasonable
Wilt tolerance: Susceptible
Resistance to downy mildew: Susceptible
Resistance to powdery mildew:
Also Known As
Elements of spice and dark fruits
Alpha Acid Composition
Beta Acid Composition
2000-2400 kg/hectare (1780-2140 lbs/acre)
Resistant to verticillium wilt, moderately resistant to downy mildew
Infected with most viruses
Retains 40%-50% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest
Total Oil Composition
Myrcene Oil Composition
Humulene Oil Composition
Columbus, Northern Brewer, Galena, Chinook, Brewer’s Gold
Stout, Doppelbock, Barley Wine, Imperial Stout
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On receiving your plants remove the plants from the bag, check to see if they are moist, if they are not place in a bucket of water for 1 hour, then plant it in your garden.
1. Dig a hole 9 – 12 inches deep.
2. Place the plant in the hole with the crown of the plant, the bit with the shoots on, 2-3 inches below surface level.
3. Cover all the roots and crown with good quality well mulched soil, or John Innes No3 compost.
4. Firm in gently.
5. Sprinkle some general fertiliser around the surface.
6. Water in only if the soil is dry.
7. Plants should be spaced about a metre apart.
Hops can grow on a wide range of soil types, although in general they grow best on deep well drained non-acid loam’s. Good soil moisture and fertility are essential in order to sustain the prodigious aerial growth of the hop plant each year. Bines usually begin to grow from the underground rootstock in early April. These healthy bines of appropriate vigour are selected for a procedure known as ‘training’ are induced to begin climbing the strings, which they do in a clockwise direction. When 2-3 bines are established on a string, all surplus shoots should be removed, usually completed by the end of May.
Hop plants have to be provided with supports for the climbing bines on which the cone bearing lateral shoots are formed. Hops can be grown up strings, poles or on a fence with wire support. Fertility can be improved with farmyard manure or proprietary brands of general fertiliser such as growmore.
Disease and Pest Control
Hops are susceptible to mildews, aphids and red spider. These can be controlled with various garden sprays available from most Garden centres.
Pick the hops off the bines in early to mid September. Drying should take place immediately after harvesting, this can be achieved with very satisfactory results by placing the hop cones in an airing cupboard. Store in a dry place. These can be used for brewing your own beer or Hop pillows (only a small amount put in your pillow will help you sleep). If required for floral decoration do not remove hops from bine, but cut the whole bine off in September and hang to dry in a warm airy place. Remove all leaves off bine before drying.
In the Spring, select the number of shoots required, max 8 per plant, and remove all surplus. Remove all growth above ground any time between late Autumn / Winter.This will help reduce carry over of pests and diseases.
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