Prior to prohibition, Central New York was the hop capital of the world. With the craft beer boom there has been a recent upswing in the demand for local hops. In the summer of 2012 I decided to try my hand at growing hops. Typically hop plants are grown from rhizomes which are a piece of the rootstock of another hop plant. I ordered 6 plants through Niko Brew , 3 centennial and 3 cascade rhizomes. Rhizomes are normally only available for a few weeks in Feb/Mar. The rhizomes should be planted after the threat of frost which in CNY it seems as though that can last into AugustI! I took a chance and planted on May 17. I didn’t exactly know what I was doing other than digging holes approximately 3 feet apart and a few inches deep, dropping a rhizome in each hole. You do need to allow for more space between varieties so I allowed for about 10 feet between the centennial and cascade varieties. After planting the rhizomes I mounded some dirt over them and began watering.