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  • #254254
    Wombat
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    Hey Gang,

    anyone got any ideas where I might get hold of some female hop cuttings etc. I’m having trouble sleeping and thought I might try a hop pillow.

    Nev

    #488319
    treacle
    Member
    #488320
    gypsy
    Member

    Hi Wombat,

    I have a healthy female golden hops which ive just pegged to the ground to layer. I have never had any success with hop cuttings. if you would like a rooted cutting when (if) my layers ‘take’ you are welcome to one.:)

    #488321
    Wazza
    Member

    Nev, Try home brew shops. Some sell them, but it might be too late in the season. Most hop rhizomes are sold in winter when they’re still dormant.

    #488322
    Wombat
    Member

    Thanks for the replies guys!

    Gypsy, that would be great, thanks!

    Waz, D’oh! Yup, I should have thought of that, Just call me mr Stupid!:laugh:

    Nev

    #488323
    murphyslaw
    Member

    I’d be happy to send you some Wombat. I am pulling them out on a daily basis to stop the mass takeover of the vegie patch. The runners come up with a reasonable root system and I’ve often potted them up this late in the season. PM me.

    #488324
    Lady Bee
    Keymaster

    What sort of hops have you got murphyslaw? Depending on variety I might take a couple off your hands.

    #488325
    shadowdancer
    Member

    Do they require a heap of space to grow them? I have a tiny yard. Do they climb? would they be suitable to grow over a fence??? hmmm got me thinking now…I could use it to distill into oils for soaps ๐Ÿ˜€ hehe

    Nev, you might be able to get the dried ones from the Big Health Food store at the top of the “mall” in High Street Penrith. Give them a call before you go, they sell heaps of dried herbs etc. I always try to get in there when I go down to visit relos ๐Ÿ˜€

    http://www.penrithorganichealth.com.au/

    #488326
    Lady Bee
    Keymaster

    These two photos were taken at the hop gardens near us. Commercial venture of course, but it will give you an idea of the height they can possibly grow to.

    The first pic is before they’re harvested, the second is when the vines are being hooked into the conveyor for processing. You can see the height difference between the workers and the vines.

    Can’t remember what variety these were.

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    #488327
    murphyslaw
    Member

    I don’t know what variety they are, and I’d love to see the commercial pics.

    I wouldn’t reccomend these for a small backyard. They climb to 6 foot which is the height of the trellis, I expect with a bigger trellis they would do better. I have them in a raised bed that I thought would contain them but it doesn’t, the runners creep out all the time. Their leaves are nasty and snaggy and you need to avoid running into them coz they hang on, (not as bad as blackberries though). The bracts are the smelly part and when they are out I forgive the plant all of the above sins.

    #488328
    Wazza
    Member

    Hop pillows have an interesting history. During the Middle Ages it was noticed that hop pickers fell asleep on the job a lot more than other farm workers. The reason? A volatile oil in hops has a mild sedative effect on humans. Early herbalists then started using hops to treat insomnia, stress, tension and anxiety. Perhaps the most famous patient said to obtain relief by sleeping on a pillow of hops was the deranged King George III of England. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln also slept on a hop pillow, to escape the stress of the presidency and secure much needed rest. Interestingly, Lincoln was subject to bouts of depression. This could have been aggravated by his use of a hop pillow. It’s now known that hops amplify the symptoms of depression, so people with depression should avoid hops.

    Personally, I think hop pillows aren’t the way to go. As a beer drinker, I can attest that hops have a relaxing effect on the central nervous system and can induce sleep. Taking them in liquid form is a whole lot more fun.

    #488329
    Wombat
    Member

    Thank youuuuuuuu SD! I’ll give them a look next time we are in Penrith:)

    Sorry Waz, I can’t stand the stuff myself so I will have to inhale my hops rather than drink them:lol:

    Nev

    #488330
    Wazza
    Member

    Be careful about inhaling them Nev. Hops are a member of the Cannabaceae family and Cannabis sativa (Marijuana) is hopsโ€™ illegal, shady relative. But hops won’t get you high, because they donโ€™t contain THCโ€”the active ingredient in marijuana. Lupulin, the active ingredient in hops, will only send you to sleep. That said, some alternate types smoke hops and claim they get a buzz out of them. You’re probably safer sticking to the pillow.

    #488331
    shadowdancer
    Member

    your welcome Nev. They also sell Chamomile flowers, which are good in the bath. Put them in a little bit of cloth, and tie it off, and put in the drawing bath. That way the aroma from them as well, will help you to sleep.

    Don’t forget Epsom salts, which are a mineral muscle relaxant ๐Ÿ˜€

    But I have to say, that shop is the best one in Penrith for health foods and supplies. I miss it! ๐Ÿ™

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