Hops are healthy and fast growing twiners that can quickly cover large areas without causing structural damage. Hops is a good choice for inexpensive high greening for down pipes and balconies. For facades however there are better climbing plants. Hops is perennial in will last only one year, with new shoots growing out of the ground every year. They will die in autumn and must then be removed, at minimum every 2 - 3 years. FassadenGrün offers pure female plants (beer hops) and the variety "Aureus" (golden hops).
Beer Hops - Humulus Lupulus
Semi-shaded to sunny position, also in shade; well drained, moist and very nutrient-rich soil. Plating distance: 0.8 - 1.5 meters.
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 10 m 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. Hops is 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. Simple wire rope trellis kits in the "Basic" or "Basic-S" as well as Medium ranges.