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Old 04-18-2008, 05:06 AM   #21
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Rhizomes are dug up from the cold ground in Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. I'm betting that they have seen some frost in the cold axx winter we had out here this year. So putting them in the ground even with the threat of frost is probably not going to kill the things. If you are stressing about your hops, RDWHAHB.

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Old 04-18-2008, 06:46 AM   #22
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I'm above the 40th and all of my 27 plants are growing, some of them booming. I'd like you to show me the ones that I'm killing

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Old 04-18-2008, 08:59 AM   #23
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Boston, MA
Latitude 42.37

Yakima, WA
Latitude 46.61

Yakima's already starting on their growing season weeks ago. Higher latitude doesn't necessarily mean it's too cold. So knock it with the latitude attitude.

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Old 04-18-2008, 09:13 AM   #24
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Higher latitude doesn't necessarily mean it's too cold. So knock it with the latitude attitude.
Well put.
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:26 AM   #25
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So knock it with the latitude attitude.
That's such a banal, commonplace remark to make. In fact... I'd say it's a latitude attitude platitude.

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Old 04-18-2008, 10:51 AM   #26
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That's such a banal, commonplace remark to make. In fact... I'd say it's a latitude attitude platitude.
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:53 AM   #27
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No body pissed in my wheaties, I just see so many people killing their hop plants because they don't know anything about growing plants. I personally purchased 20 hop rhizomes, they are all in a bag in my refridgerator. I am going to plant them in about 3 weeks when the weather up here is appropriate, do you know how many of them I expect to live through to the end of the season, approximately 10.

Buying a rhizome is not buying a plant it is a plant cutting, it is a step above buying a seed. When you plant seeds, you never expect to get one plant per seed you put in the ground. There are probably 50 tomato seeds in a seed package, and out of those 50 seeds, you can expect to get 5 to 10 strong plants. I just want to introduce some realism here to all the people who say I bought 4 rhizomes and one isn't growing, well guess what that is normal.
Hops are much easier to grow and much hardier than you expect.
My hops in NE Ohio are already sprouting. If you are in Boston then you can plant them any time and the earlier the better. The hops will tolerate a frost with no problem. You are more likely to lose hops by storing the rhizomes too long than you will lose them in the ground this time of year.
Second you are much too pessimistic about the survival rate of the hops. I had 100% success rate on my 4 rhizomes planted last year. If you do even a decent job of preparing the soil and planting, I would expect a 95% success rate. If only 50% of my rhizomes came up I would be contacting the person I bought them from for a refund.
Growing hops and most other hardy perennials is much easier than you suspect. Hops are a vigorous and hardy plant.

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Old 04-18-2008, 12:11 PM   #28
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Oh well, I guess here in Michigan all the new growth on my Cennt. and Sterlings are signs of death. Maybe I should dig them up to save there lives......Not!

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All the rhizomes I planted TWO WEEKS ago are sprouting and about 4-6" out of the soil.

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Old 04-18-2008, 01:11 PM   #30
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Life is good down here at the 30th parallel. Hops are lovin it.

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