Our Hop Club hops have arrived and are ready to be collected-here’s how to grow your hops:
Position your Prima Donna hops in full sun or partial shade, in moist, well-drained soil. – Your plant will prefer neutral or alkaline loamy soil. Dig in some good compost and mulch in spring.- As a climbing plant, provide a trellis, arch or other supports. On the farm we grow our hops up traditional coir rope, available to buy here.- Cut back the plant to ground level in early autumn, it will remain dormant for winter.- Prime Donna has category H6 hardiness and should tolerate temperatures as low as -15 degrees. – They are resistant to powdery mildew but susceptible to downy mildew. Plants can be affected by aphids and glasshouse red spider mite.
Hop Club members will be contacted later in the year to return their harvest to the brewery so we can use your hops to make our ‘Local Hero’ beer.