Weekend Postcard: Hop Vines in the Garden

Zeus hops growing in a halved wine barrel.

Hop plants are technically bines and not vines; vines use tendrils to grow and bines do not.

Nevertheless, this bine is a Zeus hop (Humulus lupulus var. whotheheckknowsii, part of the CTZ–Columbus, Tomahawk, Zeus–hops triad). I have planted approximately 20 hop rhizomes inside containers around the house. I have hung wire from my decks down to the containers, a drop of ten to twelve feet. The few that have popped up seem to migrate to the wires pretty readily.

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