Early Bird (E.K.G) – Hop Plant


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

For detailed information about this specific plant, please see the description below.

2 in stock (can be backordered)


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 As Amos’s Early Bird
Characteristics Pleasing, delicate aroma
Purpose Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 4.4%-6.7%
Beta Acid Composition 1.9%-2.8%
Co-Humulone Composition 26%-32%
Country UK
Cone Size Medium
Seasonal Maturity Early
Yield Amount 1500-2000 kg/hectare (1340-1780 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Moderate to high
Susceptible to Susceptible to wilt, downy mildew and powdery mildew
Storability Retains 78% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Total Oil Composition 0.8 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 25%
Humulene Oil Composition 36%
Caryophyllene Oil 9%
Farnesene Oil Trace
Style Guide India Pale Ale

Additional information

Weight 0.15 kg

Caring for Hop Plants

Growing hops is easy!  The instructions below are sent with each plant, and you can find more information in our Guide to Growing Hops article.

Here are some key points:

  • 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.

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.

Returns Policy & Terms

Hop plants are perishable products and as such, are non-refundable and non returnable. Please check our Returns Policy before you order and take a look through our full Terms & Conditions.

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