Challenger – Hop Plant

£11.95

Challenger is an English hop variety bred at Wye in 1972 combining Northern Brewer and German Zattler.

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

305 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

Challenger Hop Plant/Rhizome

Challenger is an English hop variety bred at Wye in 1972 combining Northern Brewer and German Zattler.

This variety tends to crop fairly evenly throughout the length of the plant. Challenger is a dual purpose hop with Alpha acids of 6.5 – 8.5%, providing the brewing industry with an aroma and bittering hop suitable in both lagers and bitters. Challenger is the preferred Hop for Bass Best Bitter. Resistant to downy mildew and powdery mildew but susceptible to verticillium wilt.

Substitutes: Perle, Northern Brewer

 

Also Known As Wye Challenger
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 6.5%-9%
Beta Acid Composition 3.2%-4.5%
Co-Humulone Composition 20%-25%
Country UK
Cone Size Medium to large
Cone Density Moderate to compact
Seasonal Maturity Late
Yield Amount 1400-1800 kg/hectare (1240-1610 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Moderate
Resistant to Resistant to downy mildew and powdery mildew
Susceptible to Susceptible to verticillium wilt
Storability Retains 70%-85% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest Difficult
Total Oil Composition 1-1.7 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 30%-42%
Humulene Oil Composition 25%-32%
Caryophyllene Oil 8%-10%
Farnesene Oil 1%-3%
Style Guide Golden Ale, Barley Wine, Imperial Stout

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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