Bred in 1990 and released in 1998, Sterling Hops is an aroma variety with noble hop characteristics. It shows moderate tolerance to powdery mildew and has good pickability of compact cones. Its parentage is 1/2 Saazer, 1/4 Cascade, 1/8 64035M (unknown German aroma X open pollination),1/16 Brewers Gold, 1/32 Early Green, and 1/32 unknown.
Alpha Acid Composition : 5.5-8.5%
Beta Acid Composition: 4.5-6%
Co-Humulone Composition: 22-27%
Total Oil: 1-2 ml/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition: 35-45%
Humulene Oil Composition: 16-18%
Caryophyllene Oil Composition: 5-8%
Farnesene Oil Composition: 15-19%
Latin Name: Humulus lupulus
Site and Soil: Hops like full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Hops do not require pollination.
Hardiness: Hops can be grown where temperatures drop to minus 20° F.
Bearing Age: 2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in height or width on fence, arbor, or other support.
Bloom Time: June-July
Ripening Time: September-October
Yield: 1-1/2 to 2 lbs. of dried flowers
Pests & Diseases: Our Hop varieties are disease resistant and rarely bothered by insect pests.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: A2, A3; 1-10; 14-21
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31,32, 34-35