Hops are flowers (also known as seed cones or strobiles) of the hop plant Humulus lupulus. They are used primarily as a bitter, aromatic, and stabilizing agent in beer, to which, in addition to bitterness, they impart floral, fruity, or citrus flavorings.
Germinating hops seeds is a process that can take anywhere from two to four weeks, depending on the variety of hops and the temperature at which they are being grown.
- Soak seeds in water for 24 hours. This will soften the seed coat and make it easier for the seed to absorb water.
- Place the seeds in a container with moist soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil.
- Keep them at room temperature (70-75 degrees Fahrenheit)
Once you see sprouts coming out of the soil, it's time to transplant them into pots or directly into your garden bed.