Prima Donna (First Gold)


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 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

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg


Cone size

Medium – Large


Mid season

Hop plant purpose

Dwarf, Dual

Brew style

Ale, Bitter, Blonde Ales, Dark Ales, IPA, Porter

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.