Crystal Hop

Humulus x 'Crystal'

This twining, highly ornamental vine-like perennial is known for its interesting flowers. Young shoots can be eaten like asparagus. Crystal is a hybrid triploid, aroma-type hop. The dried flowers from female plants are prized for use in beer making.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly for best hop production.

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LoreAlthough frequently referred to as the hop "vine", Humulus is technically a bine; unlike vines, which use tendrils, suckers, and other appendages for attaching themselves, bines have stout stems with stiff hairs to aid in climbing. Male and female flowers of the hop plant develop on separate plants (dioecious). Female plants are often propagated vegetatively and grown in the absence of male plants. This prevents pollination and the development of viable seeds, which are sometimes considered undesirable for brewing beer owing to the potential for off-flavors arising from the introduction of fatty acids from the seeds.
Average Size at MaturityVining to 25 feet
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorGreen
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseEspalier, Mass Planting
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly for best hop production.

Provide medium to rich, well drained soil and a warm sheltered position. Best with some shade in hot southern climates. Prune stems in autumn after a hard frost. Plants bloom at 2 to 3 years old. Harvest in early fall before flowers are completely dry.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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