Nugget Hops

Item #137947, 1 Gallon Small Pot.
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Turn your backyard into a hop yard. Typically grown on a string trellis, these lush green climbers are a vigorous bine with utility in the home landscape. Yields pale greenish-yellow female flowers, or cones, which bloom in late summer. Used as a bittering agent in brewing and also enjoyed for herbal aroma qualities. Plant bare-root rhizomes 6" deep. Mulch in winter for protection. Ripens starting in August.

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Bloom Color Green, Yellow
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest August
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 20 - 25' tall x 3 - 4' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 8' apart to ensure room for growth.


Pollination is not required for this variety.

This variety does not require pollination to produce a harvestable crop.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow hop bines in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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I have used this hop in my beer and liked it
Martin M on Feb 22, 2021
I home brew, and the foliage is fantastic for a pergola, trellis, etc.
Aaron J on Jun 18, 2016
I have used this hop in my beer and liked it
Martin M on Feb 22, 2021
I wanted to add a new variety to our hops collection.
Mary Ann F on Oct 21, 2019
I home brew, and the foliage is fantastic for a pergola, trellis, etc.
Aaron J on Jun 18, 2016
I'm getting this to try, as my son wants to make beer, and hops makes a healthy tea.
Barbara on May 11, 2016
I wanted to add a new variety to our hops collection.
Mary Ann F on Oct 21, 2019
I'm getting this to try, as my son wants to make beer, and hops makes a healthy tea.
Barbara on May 11, 2016
Are there male and female hops plants? Do you need both to enlarge the growing space.
David R on Apr 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hop is dioecious, producing male and female flowers on separate plants. The commercial hop is a female plant with flowers (burrs) produced on side arms that develop along the stem. Burrs develop into hop cones, which are sometimes called hops.
Is the item for sale a hop plant or a rhizome?
san m on Mar 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is a bare-root rhizome.
How do you trim to a certain height?
Robert on Jul 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: According to my brother-in-law--for whom I am harvesting the hops--if you want the the hops apparently you wait until the flowers just start to open, the cut the whole vine down & harvest flowers which then get dried.

If you don't want to harvest the flowers, you can just cut the vine back as much as you want--I doubt if you could kill these. I planted mine only last summer & it is 15+ feet high this summer & growing.
Do they need a lot of sunshine?
Mark T on Jun 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hops will tolerate partial shade, but do need 4-5 hours of sun a day to produce a good crop.
Watering needs?
Virgil on Nov 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: For the first year, I watered during periods of no rain to establish the plant. For the second year, I mulched and did not water, relying on rainfall. It's doing fine.
What is the scientific name?
Erin C on Jul 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is Humulus lupulus 'Nugget'.

Customer Reviews

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these hops literally grow overnight, seems like inches a day! very easy to train on trellises. we have a bug issue but are spraying for this. grew them last year and got a good yield, but the same bug issues.
May 13, 2016
over 6 years ago
vigorous but not overwhelming
We love our nugget hops. Like all hops, they are vigorous growers, but not as out-of-control as some other types of hops. Having never planted bare root hops, I was a little worried that the sad little brown root wouldn't take, but they quickly started growing and we got a surprisingly large harvest the first year, with hopes for an even larger harvest this (second) year. We train ours up and over an old clothesline, meaning we haven't had to build a large, tall trellis. Note that you have to continuously train hops to grow horizontally, but this takes just seconds per plant, very doable in our small garden. We love these hops for shade and then use the cones in our homebrew in the fall.
May 10, 2017
over 4 years ago
Vigorous plant
I'm in the minority growing these as a shoot vegetable rather than for beer, but the plants grew well and continue to perform year after year.

Note that although someone said hops are dioecious (the plant they will ship is always female), hops is native to the US and you're likely to get viable seeds even if you didn't plant a male. This can be good or bad, depending how much control you want over your garden, but keep in mind that if you don't harvest the flowers you are likely to have seedlings.

Although available from several suppliers, and maybe even locally, Stark is my recommended nursery for hops.
July 31, 2019
over 2 years ago
nugget hops
My first time at trying to grow hops, and found these plants to be very durable, survived a winter being left outside with mulch protecting them, They are growing rapidly even with the cold spring weather we have been experiencing.
May 24, 2016
over 5 years ago
Second year Nugget Hops - Attracts ladybugs
The Nugget took off great from the first year and now, its second year, is outstanding. I bought it to attract ladybugs, and just found three clusters of their eggs and have seen several ladybugs on it. To those who love ladybugs, please know what the eggs, larva and pupa look like, so you don't spray or in anyway hurt them - located south of Seattle. - Ruth
June 3, 2018
over 3 years ago
Nice growth, no hops
The hops are a nice 'object' cover (like a fuel oil tank or side of a house). They grow quickly, tall, and are easy to propagate (cut, root in water, plant). In south central Alaska however, they don't bloom until mid September (even on the south side of the house), and thus don't produce any hops. The moose don't seem to bother them in the summer, but will eat the dead stalks in the winter.
June 7, 2017
Growing well in second year
We've been very happy with the hops. It's already reached the top of our six foot fence in CT this spring in only its second year after planting. Hoping it will start to fill in now.
May 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
Nuggets grow well in borcal
Grow well but if you do not do your research youll be wasting your money
May 10, 2016
over 6 years ago
Too soon to tell...
Just planted last year. So far don't see anything peaking through yet.
May 7, 2017
over 5 years ago
Didn't grow
Not sure what the issue was, but my nugget hops bine did not grow. It was in an area where other vines had grown previously, and it was watered appropriately. I'm giving it three stars because I have never grown hops before and am not sure that my care did not have something to do with the lack of growth.
June 2, 2017
over 4 years ago