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Hops

Hops

If you are looking for a fast-growing, decorative and unusual climber, but have virtually no room in the garden, then look no further than hops. Only a few plants have the ability to develop so strongly within such a short time and grow up to five metres. The fact that the hop plant also produces aromatic and richly fragrant flowers makes the wonder of the hop plant even greater. With quick shoot and leaf development and a beautiful, bright yellow colouring of the flowers in autumn, at the end of the growing season, hops is the plant for you!

Plant Hops & Brew Beer

With hops, everyone thinks of beer first. In the brewing industry, the inflorescences of the female plants are used. For beer brewing the best known representative of the genus, common hops are used, which we also offer here in the Lubera garden shop. The best variety for hop production at home is Merkur. Hops can also be used for some liqueurs and schnapps and so-called hops lemonade. Why not start today with exciting experiments and buy a few small plants in our Lubera garden shop... And even if you do not produce a beer, you will have at least a beautiful and richly fragrant garden plant.

In the Lubera range here in the garden shop, we have selected the best hop varieties for you, for the brewers and gardeners: aromatic, rich flowering and also robust.

After harvesting the hop shoots and hop blossoms in autumn, the hop plant retreats like a shrub, 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 in the winter are still glad when light and visibility are allowed through. And best of all, hops need only a very small amount of space on the ground, as they develop vertically during the growing season.

 

   
 
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 *

   
 

The Best Hop Varieties For The Home Gardener

Most varieties of hops have been specially selected for professional cultivation. There, of course, the yield optimisation is king, whilst in the garden, robustness plays an important role. At Lubera, we offer you three varieties of hops that are not only fruitful, but also very decorative. In terms of ornamental value, the yellow fruiting hops Goldliesl stands out. The biggest problem with hop crops can be mildew, which can become more pronounced especially towards the end of the growing season and it can affect the ornamental value and the harvest in autumn. The variety Merkur from our range is the first mildew resistant variety.

Would you like to plant hops in containers and pots? We recommend our dwarf hop Gimli. The variety is extremely abundant with flowers, with many large hop cones, and is perfect for growing in containers.

All the 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.

Botany Of The Hop Plant

The common hop (Humulus lupulus) is a perennial vine of the hemp family (Cannabaceae). It is therefore related to the cannabis hemp, Cannabis sativa, and if one thinks of the fragrance of hops in comparison with the hemp flowers, one can understand the relationship. The hop species are fast growing herbaceous climbers. Hop is a perennial that comes back every year.

Hop Decorations On Masonry

If your garden is surrounded by fences or walls, decorating these with hops can enhance that monotonous look. A hop plant only needs a bit of space in front of a wall, and will have enough room vertically. Hops can be pulled and shaped in a very versatile way, reviving a boring masonry. If the wall is already green, you can drop the hop tendrils in a cascading way or tie them together like a garland. When the vegetation starts in the spring, it is important that the newly sprouting hop-bearing hop shoots are routed to the trellis and wound for the first time. Afterwards they find their way by themselves and only the sky is the limit.

Plant & Cultivate Hops

Since our hop young plants are cultivated and offered in a pot, it is no problem to plant them throughout the entire growing season. Hops like a lot of sun in an airy place. The soil should be as nutritious, calcareous and sandy-loamy as possible. Hops need climbing aids. Do not be disappointed immediately and have a little patience: although hops do not grow much in the first year, once the vine is well rooted, it takes fast growth seriously. From May to the beginning of August, hops grow particularly strong and their nutrient requirements increase – the plant needs a little fertiliser. Here we recommend that you apply our all-rounder, Frutilizer® Compound Fertiliser Plus, which will supply your hops with all the macronutrients and trace elements that it needs. In the winter, the above-ground parts of the plant (the dead tendrils) should be removed. In many cases, not only the hops are harvested and preserved themselves, but whole shoots dried together with the flowers, which subsequently yield beautiful and aromatic fragrant ornamental garlands. The "rest" of the plant can remain calm in the ground; it needs no winter protection.

Drying & Storing Hops

Hop umbels are stable for about 3-4 years after drying. Non-dried hop cones stay fresh for a week at most. When drying, please note that the hops do not stay too wet, as this will bring down the shelf life rapidly. If, on the other hand, it is dried too strongly, the lupulin will burn and the umbels will unfortunately only be suitable for the garbage bin. When drying, darkness is very important so that the gold-green colour of the hop umbels is preserved. In sunlight, these become brown.

Hops In Naturopathy

Hop was not chosen as the medicinal plant of the year 2017 for a reason. Just like in the brewing industry, the flowers of female hop plants are used in natural medicine. 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 problems and loss of appetite. Hops extracts are also widely used in the cosmetics industry as an additive to hair shampoos or creams.

Hops & Sleeping Pillows

Umbels harvested in late summer are not yet fully developed and are a popular filling for sleeping cushions. Sew a small, pretty pillow filled with fragrant hops for resting and sleeping! Your herb pillow does not only have to be filled with hop umbels. Lavender and catmint Melissa can also be used as well as peppermint or thyme.

Eating Hops

With a hop plant, not only the female flowers (hop cones), but also the young shoots are used. In the spring, you can cut off the freshly sprouting, about 20 cm long shoots of older plants and prepare like asparagus. Hop asparagus is becoming increasingly popular. Recently, hops have started to be grown specifically for this, harvested in spring and offered regionally as a speciality. Hop asparagus is currently one of the most expensive and valuable vegetables grown in Germany.

More Interesting Facts About Hops

The essential oils of a hop plant keep insects away. And there is another original use of hop umbels: for regulating the indoor climate. In a library in Germany, hop umbels have been placed in the bookshelves for over 100 years. They should absorb the moisture that prevails in the old rooms.

The hop glands (the hop flour) in pressed form, known under the name Hopfenhasch or Lupu-Hash are used for smoking. Hops are related to cannabis and are (in particular the substance lupulin contained in the hops) one of the components of herbal tobacco mixtures.

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