How to Grow Humulus Lupulus

Overview

Humulus lupulus, more commonly known as the common hop, is grown in many places around the world. These plants are generally used in the production of beer and are native to areas of the Northern Hemisphere. The extract of the humulus lupulus plant is antimicrobial, which makes it excellent for use in natural deodorants and other common products. With a little time and patience, you can easily grow these plants in your own garden and produce hops of your own.

Step 1

Prepare a planting area using a spade to break up the ground. Add manure and allow the planting area to rest for about one week, stirring the dirt daily to incorporate the manure well.

Step 2

Plant the humulus lupulus plants into the prepared planting area, 2 to 4 inches below the soil surface. Ensure the buds are pointing up; if the buds are pointing down there is a chance the plants will not sprout. Space mixed varieties of the humulus lupulus 5 feet apart. Space identical varieties of the plant about 3 feet apart to allow for proper growth.

Step 3

Install an arbor for these plants to grow on. Once the plants begin to vine and reach about 1 foot in length, train them to begin climbing the arbor. Allowing the plants to lie on the ground can increase the chances of disease.

Step 4

Water the humulus lupulus plants frequently or as needed to keep the planting soil moist to the touch, but not soaked.

Step 5

Mulch around the humulus lupulus plants to help maintain a good moisture content and to keep down weed growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Manure
  • Arbor
  • Water
  • Mulch

References

  • EBrew: Hop Rhizomes
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