Otay... I planted 5 different rhizomes last year in pots that were clearly too small. I knew I'd be moving last summer/fall to a big roomy farm and so I figured this would be the 'mobile' approach. Needless to say that despite my best of intentions I did not take care of my babies too well. Watering was inconsistent but they did get plenty of sun. They each ended the season at a measly 2' tall. The cold weather took care of the bines and I didn't bother to cut them back since there really wasn't all that much in the first place. They weathered the winter in a barn kept at about 40 degrees and I JUST remembered them.
How can I tell if they are still viable? Should I remove the rhizomes for inspection and then replant properly in the ground? Should I leave them in the small pots, water them, and see if Mr. Sun does his thing? Should I plant the entire thing (minus pot) in the ground so as not to disturb the little roots? I know I could just wait and see but if they're toast then I'd like to get an order in time for new rhizomes.