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.

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

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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


Characteristics Tangerine, orange, cinnamon aroma, marmalade flavors
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 5.6%-9.3%
Beta Acid Composition 2.3%-4.1%
Co-Humulone Composition 31%-36%
Country UK
Cone Size Medium to large
Cone Density Moderate to compact
Seasonal Maturity Mid
Yield Amount 1100-1700 kg/hectare (980-1500 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Moderate
Resistant to Resistant to powdery mildew and verticillium wilt
Susceptible to Susceptible to downy mildew
Storability Retains 80%-85% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Total Oil Composition 0.7-1.5 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 24%-28%
Humulene Oil Composition 20%-24%
Caryophyllene Oil 6%-7%
Farnesene Oil 2%-4%
Style Guide Porter, English Bitter, Wheat Beer, Celtic Ale, Summer Ale, Amber Ale, Dark Amber Ale, India Pale Ale, Imperial 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.

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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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