Bitter Gold Hop

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The Bitter Gold Hops plant (Humulus lupulus 'Bitter Gold') is a super-alpha variety that features an alpha-acid percentage higher than any of its parents and higher even than Galena or Nugget which it is often compared to! Its heritage comes from Bullion, Brewer's Gold, Comet, and Fuggle. Used for bittering or addition of strong flavors of stone fruit, watermelon, and pear with excellent aroma capabilities.

Spring brings pleated green foliage and sprays of greenish flowers that the butterflies and bees seek out! The bines have little thorns that help them cling and grab as the tendrils form and fill out in lush leaves. By summer you'll see scaly little light green cones beginning to ripen.

Heat and cold hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 8, Bitter Gold is a late-season ripening Hops variety that grows fast to about 15-20 feet in height and only spreads about 3-6 feet wide. Self-fertile, you'll get a large harvest of mid-sized cones for all your home-brewing needs! But consider planting more than one for a higher yield per plant and increased pollination. Bitter Gold can be used in Ales, Lages, Pilsners, and IPAs!

Planting and Application:

Bitter Gold Hops need a good sturdy support for fruit production. Train on wires or twine on a pole cemented into the ground. Hops also grow well on an arbor or fence making it ideal for double-duty ornamental landscaping!

Provide shade over the BBQ or a morning coffee nook, and screen off outdoor garden rooms by creating walls that shade and hide nosy neighbors! Hops grow fast, filling trellis and lattice quickly for maximum eyesore hiding and privacy!

The scaled, pinecone-like fruits are a lovely light green and add their own ornamental appeal to your fall landscape! Create an ornamental enclosure for your Victory Garden with these dual-purpose fruiting plants. You can even use these curious cones in your fresh or dried arrangements and wreaths!

  • Showy Light Green Scaled Cones
  • Dark Green Lush Foliage
  • High Yield - Late Season Harvest
  • High Alpha-Acid, Very Aromatic & Fruity
  • Ornamental Bines & Pollinator Friendly!
  • Great Hop Variety For American Craft Beer

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Easy to grow Hops grow anew each spring from hardy perennial rhizomes. Hops bines are not vines, but do have short thorns to help with grabbing and clinging, but will need your help to climb. Secure the Bines clockwise around their support, and check them regularly.

Hops require full sun and very well-drained soil. If you need to improve the rate of drainage, elevate your planting with additional sandy loam. Provide a moderate amount of water on a regular schedule. Provide 3-4 inches of arborist mulch to help maintain the proper temperature and improve the soil quality over time.

Good Hops culture is designed to provide plenty of air circulation around each plant. Remove leaves from the lower few feet once the plant is 10 feet tall, and consider protective early treatments if powdery mildew is prevalent in your area. Boasting a disease-free growth habit, this plant is deer and pest-resistant!

  • Full Sun Is Best
  • Regular Moisture Schedule & Loves Mulched Beds
  • Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Does Need Support & Assistance Climbing
  • Prune Late Fall After Frost

Released in 1999, Bitter Gold Hops Plants are well-known for their fruity acidity to your homemade microbrews! Order your quality Hops rhizomes today at Nature Hills!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Bitter Gold Hop Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4 - 8
Growing Zones 4 - 8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Humulus lupulus 'Bitter Gold'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 15 - 20 Feet
Mature Spread 3 - 6 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fragrant Yes