Weeds can drive you crazy

Fighting wild hops - this is the best way to get rid of them

Wild hops may look nice, but they can also become a real nuisance. So it's no wonder that many want to get rid of it. But how do you even do that?

In addition to real hops, which are mainly used for brewing beer or for greening facades, there is also the wild form, which belongs to the weed family. This wild hop grows predominantly in areas with nitrogen-rich soil, such as near bodies of water and parks, and spreads rapidly and vigorously.

With a height of two to six meters, however, the wild form remains much smaller than the cultivated varieties. Nevertheless, the wild hops proliferate like crazy and bring some gardeners to white heat. No wonder, because it entwines all plants without exception. But you don't have to put up with that. Getting rid of the wild hops takes a long breath, but after a few years you will finally have peace from it.

Endurance and perseverance are required

To say one thing in advance: you will not have great success with wild hops with a herbicide. The whole power of wild hops is in the rootstock. And this is exactly what you have to deal with. Otherwise you will have to struggle with the wild hops for many years to come. And surely you don't want that.

➤ Therefore it is best to proceed as follows:

When all parts of the plant have died by winter, you should first remove them thoroughly. You will then need perseverance and patience, because from spring you will have to pull out the secateurs regularly. And always when shoots of more than 30 centimeters have formed. You then always have to cut these briefly underground. First of all, you will have the feeling that this measure is of no use at all. But if you stay on the ball, the growth will decrease significantly over the summer.

Then the whole game starts all over again: first remove the dead plant parts in winter and then cut off all new shoots in summer. If you repeat this for three to four years, your garden will soon be completely hops-free. It is only important that you stay on the ball.

Anyone who has only discovered a relatively small infestation in the garden can dig up the plant and its roots and thus remove it. In the case of a larger infestation, however, this is not possible, as the roots reach deep into the earth and are usually widely distributed in the garden. If you were to pull 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 the wild hops. When it blooms fresh in the spring, you can steam and eat the tender tips of the shoots like asparagus.