Summer Shandy Hops: The Best Vine to Plant in Sunny Areas

Summer Shandy Hops

If you’re looking for a vine to plant in sunny areas, look no further than the summer shandy hops!

These quick-growing plants are perfect for expanding your backyard space, and their vibrant leaves make them a beautiful addition to any landscape.

Keep in mind that they do require regular maintenance, so they may not be the best choice if you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant.

But if you’re willing to put in a little effort, the summer shandy hops will be well worth it!

Botanical Name Humulus lupulus ‘Sumner’
Common Name Summer shandy hops
Plant Type Herbaceous, perennial vine
Mature Size 10 ft. long by 2 ft. (or less) wide
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial sun
Soil Type Moderately fertile, well-drained, and with medium moisture
Soil pH Neutral to alkaline
Bloom Time September to October
Flower Color Light green
Hardiness Zones 5-8 (USDA)
Native Area Europe, Southwest Asia, and North America
Toxicity Toxic to pets

Tips for Keeping Your Plants Healthy

  • To ensure that your summer shandy hops plants remain healthy and vigorous, there are a few things you can do:
  • Water them regularly. During the growing season, these plants will need about an inch of water per week. Be sure to check the soil before watering to make sure it is dry several inches down.
  • Fertilize them every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer. You can also add compost or other organic matter to the soil around the plants to help provide nutrients.
  • Prune them as needed to keep them under control and encourage new growth. In late winter or early spring, cut the vines back to about 18 inches from the ground.

Lighting and Temperature

The summer shandy hops plant likes full sun and warmth, so it’s a good idea to plant them in an area that gets a lot of sunlight.

They can tolerates some shade, but they won’t grow as well in shady areas. As for temperature, they prefer warm weather but can tolerate cooler temperatures down to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.


The best soil for planting summer shandy hops plants is a well-draining one.

They are not able to tolerate standing water, so it’s important to make sure that the area you’re planting in doesn’t have any drainage issues.


Be sure to fertilize your summer shandy hops plants regularly. They are heavy feeders and require a lot of nutrients to grow properly.

A good rule of thumb is to fertilize them every two weeks during the growing season. You can use either a granular or liquid fertilizer.


Pruning is the best way to keep the size of your summer shandy hops plant in check. You can do this by cutting back the main stem by about a third.

This will encourage lateral growth, which is more compact and manageable. You can also remove any suckers that appear at the base of the plant.


Water the summer shandy hops plant deeply but infrequently to encourage a deep root system. Water in the morning so the leaves have time to dry before nightfall to avoid fungal diseases.

During hot, dry weather, you may need to water more frequently. Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture in the soil.


Size and shape are not the only attributes that make these plants so alluring.

The color of leaves has the most attractiveness, followed by their shape. The first example that comes to mind is the heart-shaped leaf of the ivy plant.

This deep green foliage with white veins is very popular in landscaping.


Flowering occurs in late summer to early fall. The flowers are small and white, growing in clusters. Male and female flowers grow on separate plants (dioecious).

Fruits (achenes) ripen in late fall and persist through the winter. Each achene is surrounded by a persistent calyx that resembles a miniature hop cone.

Common Pests/Diseases

Japanese hops (Humulus japonicus) are a type of flowering plant that is related to hemp. They are often used in brewing and as an ornamental plant. Japanese hops are typically very hardy and easy to care for.

However, there are a few insects that can damage the plants, such as aphids and beetles. If you see any damage, you can usually resolve the problem with a quick scrub using insecticide-containing soap.

Additionally, black root rot can occasionally affect Japanese hops. To prevent this, make sure the plant is planted in well-draining soil and remove any extra shoots that have appeared from the primary plant.

With proper care, Japanese hops will thrive and add beauty to your garden.

Propagating Summer Shandy Hops

Summer shandy hops rhizomes can be effectively multiplied by splitting them in the late spring. To split the rhizomes, dig until you locate them, then remove them from the ground using a clean garden trowel and a shovel.

Once removed, the rhizomes can be separated using your fingers. Plant them right away, at least a foot apart, after cutting them into numerous bunches with the sharpest, cleanest knife possible.

By taking these steps, you will ensure that your summer shandy hops plants have a strong start and will be able to thrive.

Where is the best place to plant hops?

Hops are best grown in hills, spaced at minimum 3 feet from each other. In large-scale operations, they’re typically cultivated in rows and then allowed to connect wires (see the image below).

Plant two rhizomes for each hill, with the buds pointed upwards and the rhizome’s roots downwards. Hops need full sun and well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5. They’re also heavy feeders, so be sure to amend the soil with compost or manure before planting.

When it comes to watering, hops like consistent moisture levels – not too wet, not too dry. Soak the root balls thoroughly when you first plant them, and then water regularly throughout the growing season. Lastly, hops are a climbing plant, so they’ll need something to climb on – like a trellis, fence, or lattice.

Give them plenty of room to grow, and harvest the cones in late summer or early fall.

How do you start growing hops?

Hops are a climbing plant that can grow up to 25 feet in a single season. They are typically propagated by roots or rhizomes, rather than seeds.

When planting hops in a backyard garden, it is best to start with hills. Two rhizomes should be placed on each hill, with the buds pointing upwards and the root system facing downwards.

The holes should be dug approximately twice the width of the pot and twice as deep. Once planted, the hops will require regular watering and fertilizing in order to thrive.

With proper care, they will produce an abundance of cones that can be used to make beer or other brews.

Do hops plants come back every year?

Hops plants produce cones, which are used in the making of beer. The plants are perennial, which means they return every year after dying in the autumn.

Hops plants are also known as bines, not vines. Bines are characterized by their shoots, which grow in a helix shape around a support. They are generally herbaceous, meaning they have soft leaves that die back each year.

However, some bines, such as those of the hops plant, are woody and persist year-round. Hops plants typically climb to a height of 20 feet or more before producing cones.

The size and shape of the cones vary depending on the variety of hops plant. However, all hops cones contain lupulin, a yellowish resin that is used to add bitterness and flavor to beer. Hops plants generally take three to four years to reach full maturity.

After that, they will produce cones for many years to come. Consequently, gardeners who want to grow their own hops can expect to enjoy a bountiful harvest for many years to come.

Are hops annual or perennial?

Hops are a type of flowering plant that is best known for its use in brewing beer. The flowers, or cones, of the hop plant are used to add bitterness and flavor to beer.

Hops are classified as bine plants, which means that they grow vertically by twining their stems around other objects.

Unlike most other bines, hops are not climbing plants and do not have adhesive pads or tendrils. Hops are also unique in that they are dioecious, meaning that there are male and female plants.

Only the female plants produce the cones that are used in brewing. Hops are perennial plants and can live for 20 years or more. They are typically grown on trellises or poles, as the vines can reach lengths of 25 feet or more.

Hops can be cultivated in many different climates, but they prefer cool weather and tend to flourish in areas with long days and short nights.

What time of year do you plant hops?

As any gardener knows, timing is everything when it comes to planting. Hops are a climbing plant, and they need a long growing season in order to produce a good crop of cones.

For this reason, it’s best to plant hops in the spring, as soon as the soil can be worked. This will give the plants plenty of time to put down roots and grow before the hot summer weather arrives.

In addition, hops prefer a sunny location, so it’s important to choose a spot that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. With a little care and attention, your hops will be ready to harvest in late summer or early fall.

Does hops grow back?

Hops plants are annual plants, meaning they only grow for one season and then die. However, with proper preparation, hops plants can be resilient to low temperatures and will re-grow in the spring.

The spring sprouts are extremely vulnerable to frost and are susceptible to being killed when frozen for a long time. Once the danger of frost has passed, hops plants will begin to grow rapidly, reaching full maturity within a few months.

At the end of the growing season, the hop cones will be harvested and used to flavor beer. While hops plants do not technically “grow back” after being harvested, new plants can be started from cuttings taken from mature plants.

As a result, hops growers can enjoy a steady supply of fresh hops cones each year

What do you do with hop plants after harvest?

After the harvesting of hops plants, the flowers will begin to turn brown if they aren’t dried. The most effective method to dry hops flowers is by spreading the flowers on a screen in a cool, dark space for a few days and flipping them every now and then.

This helps to preserve the bitter resins and oils in the hop cones which are responsible for contributing flavor and aroma to beer.

Once they’re dry, hops can be stored in airtight containers in a cool, dark place for up to a year. Beyond that, it’s best to use them fresh or give them away to fellow brewers.

Used hops can also be tossed in the compost pile where they’ll eventually break down and provide nutrients for future plants.

All in all, there are plenty of options for what to do with hop plants after harvest. It just depends on what you want to use them for.

What are the best growing conditions for hops?

Hops are a climbing plant, meaning they can grow up to 20 feet tall. They have cone-like flowers that are used to flavor beer, and the plant is dioecious, meaning there are male and female plants.

The female plants are the ones that produce the cones. Hops prefer full sun and well-drained soil. They also need a lot of nitrogen, so it’s important to add compost or manure before planting.

Hops are grown in all 50 states, but most of the commercial production takes place in the Pacific Northwest.

The main hop-growing regions in the United States are Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. In terms of climate, hops prefer a cool growing season with moderate humidity levels.

The ideal temperature range for hop growth is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Hops are typically harvested in late August or early September.

Jessica Miles

Jessica Miles is a writer for Botanique Boutique, a plant and gardening blog. She has always loved plants, flowers, and anything green. When she was younger, she used to watch her grandfather garden and would be in awe of the beautiful flowers he would grow. Now Jessica writes about all things related to plants and gardening - from beginner tips on how to start growing your own plants, to in-depth guides on caring for a specific type of flower or plant. She loves helping others learn about this fascinating hobby, and hopes that her writing will inspire people to get outside and enjoy nature!

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