Early Bird (E.K.G) (Pre-order)

£10.95

Pre-order your bare root hop plant now for delivery in December.

Early Bird is an early flowering variety, considered one of England’s premier aroma hops and favoured for producing traditional English bitters.

Description

Early Bird is an early flowering variety, considered one of England’s premier aroma hops and favoured for producing traditional English bitters.

Discovered in 1887 by Alfred Amos in Wye, Early Bird was hand-selected from a field of Bramlings. This variety was widely grown in the Canterbury area.

While not terribly disease and wilt tolerant, it is bred for its immensely pleasing aroma and gentle hoppiness and has been used by Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, in their gently bitter and lightly malted Early Bird Spring Hop Ale.

Early Bird hop plant will grow to approx. 15-20 feet once mature.

Substitutes: East Kent Golding, Cobbs, Bramling Cross

Additional information

Origin

UK

Harvest

Early

Hop plant purpose

Aroma

Cone size

Medium

Brew style

IPA

Hop Plant Care

Growing hops is easy!  The instructions below are sent with each plant, and you can find more information on our Guides & Info page.

  • Hop plants are a hardy perennial, best planted as a bare root during the dormant winter months.
  • Hops like a well drained fertile soil and should be planted in open ground as soon as possible.
  • Make sure the hole is deep and the crown well covered.
  • Mark the spot with a screw peg.
  • Install your support (trellis, coir string) for the plant to climb up before the spring.
  • Small shoots should appear when the weather warms (April)
  • Train the shoots clockwise during May & June.
  • Harvest at the end of August.

Availability & Delivery

Dormant root stock becomes available in late November / December.  Pre-order is available in October.

We will deliver this rhizome as a bare root hop plant, wrapped in damp moss to keep it protected and to prevent it drying.

Delivery is by Royal Mail and can take up to one week.

Please note, while we do send bare root hop plants overseas, we do not offer a replacement or refund if the hop plant fails to arrive.

Hop Plant T&Cs

All of our plants are checked for viability and the presence of new shoots before we send them. We are confident that if you follow our care instructions you will have a happy hop plant.  Do keep in mind that your plant will not reach its full growth potential until the third season, after it has put down roots and got established.  In the event that your plant is not successful please get in touch here.

Overseas Customers: There is no refund/replacement policy for overseas deliveries that are not delivered or fail to grow. We cannot guarantee that your plants will not be seized or delayed at customs.