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Hops

Hops (lat. Humulus lupulus) is an extremely fast growing twiner and can cover large areas in a short time, without expensive supports and without causing building damage.

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Hops in summer

Requirements / price

Semi-shaded to sunny position, also in shade; well drained, moist and very nutrient-rich soil.

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Characteristics and Pruning

Twiner. Extremely fast growing shrub which dies back to the ground in autumn. New shoots appear again in very early spring, and the young asparagus-like shoots are edible. In warm temperatures grows up to 1 metre per week. Grows to 10m height. Leaf shape similar to grape vine, foliage from April to October. Another less vigorously growing species is the Japanese Hops Humulus scandens, an annual plant which propagates itself by seed.

 

Flower and Fruit

Dioeceous, with female plants mainly being cultivated for beer hops production. The male flowers are inconspicuous panicles, the female ones catkins, and the famous fruit is light green.

 

Pruning

If necessary, thin out the young shoots in very early spring, in autumn remove remaining leaves and shoots with a rake.

Climbing Plant Support Systems on walls

Lightning conductors, downpipes, balustrades, railings, masts / poles, struts and other already existing climbing supports can be used, whereby twiners that form strangling stems are not to be planted around such structures. Obviously hops grows well on all other growth support systems... For suitable rope systems refer below. Easy and Medium construction style kits, if more distance from wall is needed (70 to 90 mm), Heavy or massive growth support systems at higher levels.

Appropriate wire rope systems?

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Greenery with gold hop
Greening of a garden shed with hops
Greenery with Humulus lupulus
Greening of a parking structure with beer hops

"Accidental"-Greenery with hops

Because of their free floating seeds, hops spreads by its own and therefore sometimes conqueres draipipes and lightening arresters etc.

Green fence with Humulus lupulus in spring
Green fence and garden shed
Hops on an old mill wheel, Sheergrund near Klosterbuch / Saxony
Hop on a neglected compound
Greened drainpipe with Humulus
Hops climbing a drainpipe
Greening a drainpipe with hops
Greening of a wall and a drainpipe in a front yard
Hop on a lightning arrester, Greiz / Thüringen
Hop on a wall
Hop on a lightening arrester, Leipzig / Saxony
Small wall greening with wild/unpruned hop, Quedlinburg / Saxony-Anhalt
Another untrained/unpruned hop
Hops can be grown on downpipes without worry, as it doesn't develop strangling stems.
Hops on a parking structure, Zoo Leipzig / Saxony
An "accidental" combination of clematis vitalba and hops
Plants should be pruned, for protect roof drainages
 

Planned greenery with hops

This picture gallery shows deliberately designed greenings with hops

Beer hop on a balcony-banister
Balcony-greening with hops
Several floors beneft from one hop plant
Horse-shaped greenery with hop
Golden hop on an entrance
Hops on a small espalier in the shade
Hops on three separate wire ropes at a house entrance.
Hops in a pot climbing up on ropes and from there onto a street light
Hop on an entrance
Hops and other plants (roses) on a house
Hop on a wire rope system 1040, massive construction style
Hops on 2 parallel wire ropes
Beer hop on a modified wire rope system 4020
Gold hop (humulus aureus) on a building
Urban greenery with wisteria (left side) and hops (right side)
Greenery on a half-timbered house: left side Parthenocissus quinqefolia, right side beer hops. Quedlinburg / Saxony-Anhalt
Hops on several vertical wire rope systems 1040
Severy trellis cables for Humulus lupulus on a parking structure

Botanical features

Details on both varieties and blossoms

Budding in early spring (beer hops)
Hops are twiners
Cultivation of beer hops
Hops on 4 wire ropes
Leaves of Humulus lupulus are usually dark green.
Leaves of Humulus lupulus Aureus later get a yellow cast
Gold hops on a wire rope
Leaves of gold hops in early autumn
Blossoms of femal hops
Blossoms of male hops
 
 

Appropriate wire rope systems for hops

Please click on the graphic illustrations for details!

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