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Old 03-09-2009, 03:44 PM   #1
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I got my order of rhizomes from Freshhops this weekend -- how long can I keep them in the fridge? I'd like to wait at least until this weekend...but may keep them in there longer...

When is it safe to plant these puppies?



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They can keep in the fridge for several months. Just watch for any mold. In theory, once the ground is thawed (I assume a non-issue for you) they can be planted. They will just lie there dormant until conditions are right to sprout. However, the danger to this is during this time there is the possiblity of the rhizome rotting, as at this stage (new plant) it is less well able to defend itself. If you've got a great location that is properly drained, you probably won't have a problem. I'd say in general, once it is time to plant peas in you area, you're definitly safe and the rhizomes will probably start growing fairly quickly.



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I wouldn't go over a month in the fridge and you can plant them as soon as the ground thaws.

Alpharetta, GA? Do you even know what frost is down there?

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I wouldn't go over a month in the fridge and you can plant them as soon as the ground thaws.

Alpharetta, GA? Do you even know what frost is down there?
Not really...I think it's probably safe now...
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I got word that my Rhizomes are on the way, and with tomorrows overnight temperature expected to be -4*f, I know what frost is.
It will likely be the better part of two months before I will plant.
Can I start these guys in pots to give them a head start and then transplant them later? How quickly do they grow to un-managable size? How much dirt/how big of pot should I use. (I only have 4 Rhizomes coming)
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I got word that my Rhizomes are on the way, and with tomorrows overnight temperature expected to be -4*f, I know what frost is.
It will likely be the better part of two months before I will plant.
Can I start these guys in pots to give them a head start and then transplant them later? How quickly do they grow to un-managable size? How much dirt/how big of pot should I use. (I only have 4 Rhizomes coming)
Jim in MN

Not sure how far north you are of me Jim, but here in southern MI I'll be planting as soon as I have a week or two of around or above freezing nighttime temps. These hops are really hardy and a little freeze won't hurt them. I would put them in the ground with a slight freeze coming before I'd keep them in the fridge for two months. Mine will be here within the week and it looks like 40's during the day and around freezing at night next week. If the following week mostly looks the same they'll be in the ground and I won't worry one bit. We had two days of nice weather last week and the ones that I planted last year are already sprouting.
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Plant them as soon as you can - they are living plants and should not really be kept in the fridge for too long. They can survive a frost underground, but once the shoots start popping up, they will die in the next frost. So make sure winter is gone before then.

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Jim, I would not worry about planting them in pots early to get ahead start. I did it, but when transplanting them into the ground most if not all of the roots ripped off. If you are worried about them being in the fridge you could plant them in pots, but I don't think it gives you ahead start.

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I would get them in the ground as soon as possible. Put some straw or mulch over them and they will be fine.

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fwiw, when i ordered from freshops last week, i asked if they'd be okay in the fridge till may and dave, the proprietor, said they'd be fine. no personal experience, just what he said.



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