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I am interested in growing my own hops for decoration and brewing - mostly brewing ;-).

Do I need to purchase both male and female plants to get flowers? My spouse who is a gardener pointed out this possibility.

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No, you do not. Only the females produce cones, and pollinated cones are not desirable. Buy some rhizomes in the spring, plant them in a location that can meet their requirements (lots of light, lots of height and support for bining), and within a year you'll have beautiful hop bines and cones.

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