Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’ – golden hop, is a gorgeous climber with large, deep-lobed, yellow-green leaves that turn bright golden yellow in autumn, when it is festooned with greenish-yellow, cone-like flowers that hang like grapes.
It can be easily grown in a fertile, well-drained, humus-rich garden soil, in a place with full sun or semi-shade. Plants are very hardy tolerating temperatures down to about -20 Celsius degrees (-4 F) when dormant. It dies to the ground each winter, so stems may be pruned to the ground in autumn after a hard frost or in the spring, before the young shoots emerge and mulch with well-rotted manure or garden compost.
Sow seeds spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant out in the summer or following spring. You can also propagate hops by division or basal cuttings in spring or by layering.
If you want to use the hops you can collect them in early autumn when they are ripe.