Semi-shaded to sunny position, also in shade; well drained, moist and very nutrient-rich soil.
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.
If necessary, thin out the young shoots in very early spring, in autumn remove remaining leaves and shoots with a rake.
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.