Early Bird (E.K.G) – Hop Plant Pre-Order


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

Hop Plant Pre-orders will be shipped in Early December 2021


Early Bird (East Kent Goldings) Hop Plant/Rhizome

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


Also Known AsAmos’s Early Bird
CharacteristicsPleasing, delicate aroma
Alpha Acid Composition4.4%-6.7%
Beta Acid Composition1.9%-2.8%
Co-Humulone Composition26%-32%
Cone SizeMedium
Seasonal MaturityEarly
Yield Amount1500-2000 kg/hectare (1340-1780 lbs/acre)
Growth RateModerate to high
Susceptible toSusceptible to wilt, downy mildew and powdery mildew
StorabilityRetains 78% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Total Oil Composition0.8 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition25%
Humulene Oil Composition36%
Caryophyllene Oil9%
Farnesene OilTrace
Style GuideIndia Pale Ale

Additional information

Weight0.15 kg

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 and is available to buy through to the following spring, as stocks last. Pre-order is available in September

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.

We do not send bare root hop plants overseas.

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.