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Hops

Buy a hop plant from Lubera

When you buy a hop plant (Humulus lupulus), you are providing yourself and your garden with a fast-growing, fragrant, useful and also attractive climbing plant.

   
 
Dwarf Hops 'Gimli'

The dwarf with large fruits

From £19.40 *

No image available Golden Hop 'Aureus'

Humulus lupulus 'Aureus', the climbing plant with the golden leaves

£19.40 *

Hop 'Cascade'

Humulus lupulus 'Cascade' - the hop for craft beer and IPAs

From £19.40 *

Hop 'Comet'

Humulus lupulus 'Comet', the variety with the fragrant, huge hop flowers

From £19.40 *

Hop 'Hallertauer mittelfrüh'

Humulus lupulus 'Hallertauer mittelfrüh', sometimes tea, sometimes asparagus, sometimes...

£19.40 *

Hop 'Hallertauer Tradition'

Humulus lupulus 'Hallertauer Tradition' - the uncrowned favourite of all aromatic hop...

From £19.40 *

Hop 'Kent Golding'

Humulus lupulus 'Kent Golding' - the classic, English aromatic hops from the 18th century

From £19.40 *

Hops Goldliesl

Pure female, yellow-leaved and yellow fruiting

£19.40 *

Hops Merkur

Humulus lupulus 'Merkur' - the first mildew-resistant hops

From £19.40 *

   
 

More information on hop plants

 

Few plants have the ability to develop so strongly within such a short time and grow up to 5 m. The fact that the hop plant also produces aromatic and richly scented flowers only makes the miracle of the hop plant (Humulus lupulus) even greater. In addition to the rapid development of the shoots and leaves and the abundance of flowers (the production of the hops), the beautiful, bright yellow autumn colouring is added at the end of the growing season. Have we forgotten anything else? Oh yes, the hop plant is - once established - also a very tasty vegetable plant and supplies the popular hop asparagus in the spring. You see, you can buy hop plants even if you are not a brewer.

 

 

 

The best hop varieties for the hobby gardener In the Lubera® Garden Shop

 

Most of the numerous hop varieties have been specially selected for professional cultivation. Of course, yield optimisation is the trump card here, while robustness plays an important role in the garden. We at Lubera® offer you hop varieties that are not only high-yielding but also particularly decorative. In terms of ornamental value, the yellow-leaved and yellow-fruited hop 'Goldliesl' stands out. The biggest problem in hop cultivation is powdery mildew, which can become increasingly severe especially towards the end of the growing season and impairs the ornamental value as well as the harvest in autumn. The 'Merkur' variety in our range is the first mildew-resistant hop.

Or would you rather buy hop plants and then cultivate them in a container or pot? We recommend our dwarf hop 'Gimli'. This variety is extremely rich-flowering, with many large hop cones, and the growth is limited to 2 to 3 m.

The cones of all hop varieties offered in the Lubera® garden shop are suitable for decoration as well as for brewing. All three varieties offer a fine, fresh aroma and a high ornamental value. Brewing beer alone is therefore not the only reason why you should buy hop plants. But of course, we have also selected the most beautiful and aromatic hop varieties for beer production for you; here, too, we have not focused on yield but on robustness and aroma: the American varieties 'Comet' and 'Cascade', which are also used in many craft and IPA beers, are particularly impressive as aroma hops. Just like the bitter substances that are important for beer production, the fragrances are bound in the resin of the hop cones. However, they are not only used for beer production but also delight the garden owner and the hop tea connoisseur. You can buy all of these wonderful hop plants from us as strong climbing plants in large, 5 L pots.

 

Planting hops and brewing beer

 

With hops, everyone thinks of fresh, cool beer first. In the brewing industry, the inflorescences of the female plants are used. For brewing beer, the most famous representative of the genus, real hops, is used, which we also offer here in the Lubera® Garden Shop. One of the best hop varieties for hop production in your own household is certainly ‘Mercury’. ‘Mercury' is one of the bitter hops which bring the bitter substances in to the beer that are necessary for balancing the malting process. Varieties such as 'Kent Goldling', 'Cascade' and 'Comet' are more responsible for the aromas which ultimately make up the character of the beer. Hops are also used in some liqueurs and brandies and in so-called hop lemonade. Why don't you start this exciting experiment today and buy some hop plants in our Lubera® garden shop. And if it doesn't turn out to be a beer, after all, you will have a beautiful and intensely scented garden plant. And then one day you will stand in the garden, scratch your head and ask yourself  a question: what does the scent of the hop plant remind me of? Well, we will reveal the secret: the scent is very close to the scent of cannabis - the two plants, the hemp plant and the hops are also closely related.

 

Buy hop plants - so that you are screened off in summer, but have enough light in winter

 

After harvesting the hop shoots and hop blossoms in autumn, the hop plant dies back like a perennial, only to grow again from below in the spring. Hops are therefore also suitable for garden locations where you want privacy in the summer but are happy in winter when light and visibility are allowed to pass through. And the best thing is that hops only need a very small space on the ground, as they develop vertically during the growing season. This means that even in a smaller garden, the hop plant adds a new dimension - the vertical. Hop plants are suitable for covering large walls, for rose arches, or for planting fences and the like.

 

The delicacy: hop asparagus

 

As already mentioned, the range of uses of hop plants concerning beer, fragrance, garden architecture and decoration are not yet exhausted. There are even more reasons that make buying hop plants attractive: the so-called hop asparagus is considered an absolute delicacy. Older, well-established hop plants are mounded up for this purpose in February, beginning of March with about 20-30 cm of the surrounding soil and some compost. As soon as the first hop shoots appear on the surface of the mound at the end of March or in April, the whitish shoots are cut off as deeply as possible or pricked like an asparagus spear. With a little smoked meat, a hollandaise sauce, or even with a little cheese topping, hop asparagus easily trumps even a classic asparagus dish. Incidentally, young shoots above ground are also enjoyed as soup vegetables or for decoration or cooked as a kind of spinach.

 

Botany of the hop plant

 

The common hop Humulus lupulus is a perennial climbing plant of the hemp family (Cannabaceae). It is, therefore - as already mentioned above - related to hemp, Cannabis sativa, and if you think of the scent of the hop flowers compared to the hemp flowers, you can understand the relationship. Other names are beer hops and hops. The hop varieties are fast-growing herbaceous climbing plants. They belong to the right-winding climbing plants. Hops are perennials that sprout anew every year. When hop plants are sown, both purely female and purely male plants are produced. Of course, only the female plants are of interest to us, as only they produce the attractive and fragrant flowers that form hop cones. By the way, it is also not at all desirable that wild male hops also grow alongside cultivated hop plants, as the fertilised hop flowers like to disintegrate, are altogether less stable and also lose their aroma and scent. This is why wild male plants are systematically cleared in many hop-growing regions.

 

In the Lubera® Garden Shop we only sell female plants because we do not produce the varieties by seeds but by propagating cuttings, thus we propagate only the selected female hop varieties. If you would like to buy hop plants, you have come to the right place!

 

Buy hop plants and create a hop decoration on the masonry

 

If your garden is surrounded by fences, walls or enclosures, a decoration made of hops can enhance this monotonous sight. A hop plant only needs a little space in front of a wall. And at the top, vertically, there is plenty of room. Hops can be grown and shaped in a variety of ways and can bring a boring wall to life. If the wall is already green, you can let the hop tendrils fall down like cascades or tie them together like garlands. When the vegetation starts in the spring, it is important that the newly sprouting and stop-seeking hop shoots are guided to the vine framework and wound a first time (clockwise). Afterwards, they find their way by themselves and only the sky is the limit.

 

Planting and caring for hops

 

Since our young hop plants are cultivated and offered in pots, it is no problem to buy and plant hop plants throughout the entire growing season. Hops like a lot of sun in an airy place. The soil should be as rich in nutrients as possible, deep and preferably also rich in humus. And hop plants naturally need climbing aids. Don't be disappointed right away and have a bit of patience: hops hardly grow at all in the first year, but as soon as the climbing plant is well-rooted, it takes the rapid growth really seriously. From May to the beginning of August, hops grow particularly strongly and their nutrient requirements increase: the plant then requires fertiliser. Here we recommend that you take our all-rounder, Frutilizer® Compound Fertiliser Plus, which provides your hops with all the macronutrients and trace elements they need. In the winter, the above-ground parts of the plant (the dead tendrils) should be removed. In many cases, not only the hop flowers themselves are harvested and preserved, but whole shoots including the flowers are dried, which later produce beautiful and aromatically scented ornamental garlands. The rest of the plant, a real perennial, can remain in the ground and it does not need winter protection.

 

Drying and storing hops

 

Hop cones have a shelf life of about 3-4 years after drying. Hop cones that have not been dried remain fresh for a week at most.  When drying, please ensure that the hops are not left too wet, as this will rapidly reduce their shelf life. If, on the other hand, the cones are dried too much, the lupulin will burn and the cones will then unfortunately only be suitable for the dustbin. When drying, darkness is very important in order to preserve the golden-green colour of the hop cones. In sunlight, they turn brown.

 

Hops in naturopathy

 

It is not without reason that hops were chosen as the medicinal plant of the year 2007. Just as in the brewing industry, the flowers of the female hop plants are used in naturopathy. The ingredients of the hop cones have a calming effect on our nervous system. Hops have long been used to treat sleep disorders. It is also used for stomach complaints and loss of appetite. Hop extracts are also widely used in the cosmetics industry as an additive to hair shampoos or creams.

 

Hops and the sleeping pillow

 

Hop cones harvested in late summer and not yet fully ripe are a popular filling for sleeping pillows. Make sure you get some rest and sleep and sew yourself a small, pretty pillow filled with fragrant hops! Your herbal pillow does not have to be filled with hop cones alone. Lavender, lemon balm, peppermint or thyme also go wonderfully with it.

 

Eating hops

 

Not only the female flowers (hop cones) of the hop plant but also the young shoots can be used. In the spring, you can cut off the freshly sprouting, approx. 20 cm long shoots of the older plants and prepare them like asparagus. Hop asparagus is gaining more and more importance. Recently, hops have also been cultivated especially for this purpose, harvested in the spring and offered regionally as a speciality. Hop asparagus is currently one of the most expensive and most valuable types of vegetable grown in Germany.

 

Even more interesting facts about hops

 

The essential oils of a hop plant keep insects away. And there is another original use of hop cones: to regulate the indoor climate. In a library in Germany, hop cones have been placed on the bookshelves for 100 years. They are supposed to absorb the humidity that prevails in the old rooms.

 

The hop glands (lupulin) in pressed form, known as hop hash or lupu hash, are used for smoking. Hops are related to cannabis and are (especially the substance lupulin contained in hops) a good component of a herbal tobacco mixture.

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