Wild hops look nice, but can also become a real nuisance. No wonder that many want to get rid of it. But how do you do that?Wild hops proliferate In addition to real hops, which are mainly used for brewing beer or for greening facades, there is also the wild variety that belongs to the weed family. This wild hop grows mainly in areas with nitrogen-rich soil, such as near water and parks, and spreads quickly and strongly.
With a height of two to six meters, the wild form remains much smaller than the cultivars. Nevertheless, the wild hops proliferate like crazy and bring some gardeners to white heat. No wonder, because it surrounds all plants without exception. But you don't have to put up with that. Getting rid of wild hops takes a lot of staying power, but after a few years you will finally have peace of mind.
Endurance and stamina are required
To say one thing in advance: with a weed killer you will not have much success with wild hops. All the power of the wild hop is in the rootstock. And that's exactly what you have to do. Otherwise, you will have to struggle with wild hops for many years to come. And you certainly don't want that.
➤ Therefore, it is best to proceed as follows:
When all parts of the plant have died towards winter, you should first remove them thoroughly. Then you have to be persistent and patient, because from spring you have to pull out the secateurs regularly. And always when shoots of more than 30 centimeters have formed. You must then cut them off briefly underground. First of all, you will feel that this measure does nothing. But if you stay on the ball, growth will slow down significantly over the summer.
Then the whole game starts all over again: first remove the dead plant parts in winter and then cut all new shoots again in summer. If you repeat this for three to four years, your garden will soon be completely free of hops. The important thing is that you stay on the ball.
If you have only discovered a relatively small infestation in the garden, you can dig out the plant and its roots and thus remove them. In the case of a larger infestation, however, this is not possible, since the roots extend deep into the earth and are usually also widely distributed in the garden. If you pulled out the spade here, your garden would certainly look like a battlefield afterwards.
By the way: wild hops are also edible
If you want, you can also eat wild hops. When it blooms fresh in spring, you can steam and eat the tender tips of the shoots like asparagus.