Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 12 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 30 days
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Discover the magic behind Humulus lupulus, also known as common hop or hops, the flowering plant that has become a staple ingredient in many beers around the world. This dioecious, perennial, herbaceous climbing plant, native to Europe, western Asia and North America, produces fragrant flower cones that impart bitterness and flavor to beer while also adding preservative qualities. Hops contain myrcene, humulene, xanthohumol, myrcenol, linalool, tannins, and resin. The dried flowering heads of female plants are not only used as a flavoring and preservative in beer, but also have medicinal properties. Hops are considered bine plants, not vines, due to their stiff downward-facing hairs that provide stability and allow them to climb. Various varieties of H. lupulus are cultivated for use in the brewing industry, and it grows best in the latitude range of 38°-51° in full sun with moderate amounts of rainfall. H. lupulus is widely popular in the beer industry for its unique flavoring and preserving abilities, and the plant extract has also shown many other potential health benefits, including anti-microbial properties, natural deodorant properties, and even acting as a sleep aide in certain concentrations. Discover the beauty and versatility of H. lupulus, a plant that has captured the world's love for beer while also holding the potential for much more.