Challenger – Hop Plant

£11.50

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

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104 in stock

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

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 and is available to buy through to the following spring, as stocks last. Pre-order is available in September.

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.

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.

Exporting outside of the UK
We are not an exporter, and as such do not deliver overseas and do not supply phytosanitary certificates. Please be aware that we do not recommend sending plants that you have purchased from us within the UK to overseas destinations, as we cannot guarantee that your plants will not be seized or delayed at customs. If you choose to send items purchased from us to overseas destination, we will not be held liable and no refunds for these products are available. Read our hop plant terms and conditions.

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