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Humulus lupulus

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'Common hop' is a plant in the Humulus genus with a scientific name of Humulus lupulus. The botanical name epithet for Common hop (lupulus) means 'willow-wolf, an old folk name that derives from the habit of climbing (devouring) willow trees'.

An annual vine (technically “bines” not vines) from a perennial rhizome. Vigorous climber, up to 25 feet if given the chance. Climbs by twisting around narrow object such as twine, cord, wire, or pole. Varieties grown for the flowers/cones which contain bitter oils and aromatic compounds used to flavor beer. Not a picky plant, the rhizomes spread under favorable conditions, allowing the plant to be divided. All varietals are propagated from root cuttings or layering.

The leaves are on long stalks and have three to five lobes that are coarse and toothed at the margin The male and female flowers are on separate plants. The male flowers are loose catkins and the female flowers a pale green pendant leafy cone like cluster of sticky scales. The fruit ripen to pale brown

Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 1.5 cm (0.58 inches imperial) and produce a herbal fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours:   Apple green and   Yellow-green and   Green-yellow. The mature flowers are of a clustered form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Earth yellow and   Meat brown. Leaves appear approximately as a   Lincoln green and   Sap green

It is a flowering semi-edible herb / fruit that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.

Common hop is known for growing with a forb habit to a height of approximately 8.00 metres (that's 26.00 feet in imperial). This plant tends to bloom in late summer, followed by first harvests in early autumn.

Popular varieties of Common hop include: Cascade, Chinook, Golden, Willamette and Mt. Hood.

Common hop is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Common hop have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Common hop

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Requires little help as long as it has a tall support. Grows quickly to cover available surfaces

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Common hop is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will typically do well in a plant of different extremes of cold temperature.

See our list of companion Plants for Common hop to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Common hop from seed

Try to ensure a gap of at least 2.93 feet (90.0 cm) when sowing to prevent overcrowding your seedlings. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Common hop

Hop will require somewhere to twist and climb around. Choose a sunny spot, evenly moist

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Common hop is a very hardy plant.

Harvesting Common hop

In Kent where hops are grown commercially, hops grow on a system of posts and wires that can be unhooked at the end of the growing season to harvest the bines

How long does Common hop take to grow?

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Other names for Common hop


Humulus lupulus L.

Misspellings: Humulus lupus, Beer Hops, Brewing Hops, Common Hops

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