Prima Donna (First Gold) – Hop Plant


Prima Donna hop plant (otherwise known as First Gold) is a dwarf variety, designed to grow to a height of around 2-3 metres in a hedgerow system.

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Prima Donna or First Gold Hop Plant/Rhizome 

Prima Donna hop plant (otherwise known as First Gold) is a dwarf variety, designed to grow to a height of around 2-3 metres in a hedgerow system. Bred at Wye College in 1995 this is a plant at the cutting edge of hop breeding. It’s a good choice for small gardens where space is limited as it produces short laterals. If left to its own devices this hop will ramble over a trellis like any other variety.

Prima Donna will start green and turn a little yellow later in the season, with a large number of medium to large and compact cones. Due to its wonderful aroma, Prima Donna is used in brewing to produce a traditional light bitter, and other pale and Blonde ales, with a flavour described as fruity with spicy notes.

Substitutes: East Kent Goldings


CharacteristicsTangerine, orange, cinnamon aroma, marmalade flavors
PurposeBittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition5.6%-9.3%
Beta Acid Composition2.3%-4.1%
Co-Humulone Composition31%-36%
Cone SizeMedium to large
Cone DensityModerate to compact
Seasonal MaturityMid
Yield Amount1100-1700 kg/hectare (980-1500 lbs/acre)
Growth RateModerate
Resistant toResistant to powdery mildew and verticillium wilt
Susceptible toSusceptible to downy mildew
StorabilityRetains 80%-85% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of HarvestDifficult
Total Oil Composition0.7-1.5 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition24%-28%
Humulene Oil Composition20%-24%
Caryophyllene Oil6%-7%
Farnesene Oil2%-4%
Style GuidePorter, English Bitter, Wheat Beer, Celtic Ale, Summer Ale, Amber Ale, Dark Amber Ale, India Pale Ale, Imperial India 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.

Our dormant hop plants are wrapped with damp moss and are happy in transit for several weeks. Any delay will not affect the viability or health of your plants and they can still be planted mid-winter in January.

We use Royal Mail to delivery our hop plants.

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.

Exporting outside of the UK
We are not an exporter, and as such do not deliver overseas and do not supply phytosanitary certificates. Please be aware that we do not recommend sending plants that you have purchased from us within the UK to overseas destinations, as we cannot guarantee that your plants will not be seized or delayed at customs. If you choose to send items purchased from us to overseas destination, we will not be held liable and no refunds for these products are available. Read our hop plant terms and conditions.

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