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Old 04-16-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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Default PA growers...anything yet?

I planted mine about a week and a half ago and I still don't have anything. This is my first year so I'm probably just impatient but I'm curious what others have.

All the warm climate folks have me jealous. It was 31 degrees here this morning.

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Old 04-16-2008, 12:40 PM   #2
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I have a couple small shoots...nothing to write home about yet.

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Old 04-16-2008, 12:42 PM   #3
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I'm in Victory's hometown (Downingtown), planted 3 cascade/3 willamette from freshops last saturday (so 10 days ago)...they had been in the fridge for 4 days prior to planting. No root hormone or anything fancy, just letting them warm to room temp. overnight before planting, then doing the 12" holes with wood ash at the base, and a mix of horse manure & tilled dirt + mulch in a mound with each rhizome just over 1" under the surface.

As of yesterday, 2 of the willamette sprouted through (just in time for this morning's frost!) and one of the cascade. I'd say be patient and if you're really curious, dig down CAREFULLY near the rhizome to see if growth is occuring.

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Old 04-16-2008, 12:57 PM   #4
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I wouldn't dig at all. I got 2 rhizomes from freshops 2 days ago. One of them basically looked like a stick, with nothing really to show. I kept in a damp baggie on counter and next day there was a 1' sprout on it. They will come up, just give them time.

I need to find the time to build a raised bed to put mine in.

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I had mine in my fridge for about 2.5 weeks before I could plant.
I waited until spring flowers started to bloom and gave it another week.

My paper towels stayed moist and the sprouts I had didn't seem like they had gotten any bigger while in the fridge.

My soil has a lot of clay in it so I mixed in manure and peat moss to try and keep the soil soft and full of nutrients. The top layer gets firm but the soil beneath is about as good as it gets.

This is almost like waiting for your first 5 gallons of beer to be ready to taste.
The anticipation is killing me.

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My Brewer's Gold from last year all sprouted over a week ago. New establishments can take some time, so hang in there. Don't mess with them.

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Old 04-16-2008, 02:43 PM   #7
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I've got some friends in the area who've had theirs in the fridge for 3 weeks and will be planting this week...the fact you've already got them in should provide some comfort in knowing they should be well along by year's end; I'm sure by June we'll all be laughing at how eager we're looking for 1" of growth when these things become uncontrollably large!

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When I planted mine a couple years ago they came up fairly quick, except for the sickly fuggles I got. I was sure it wouldn't grow. It was half rotten and split down the middle. Well, it took a while, but it eventually did sprout much to my surprise. As long as they are not super wet, they will eventually sprout.

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My 4 Three year old plants are all 6-8 inches high now. I planted 8 more yesterday, so they'll need a little time yet.

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Old 04-19-2008, 01:14 PM   #10
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I split and transplanted some Cascasde rhizomes in the fall.
The transplants' shoots are as tall as the mature crown-4 or 5 inches.

I also planted 4 new varieties about two weeks ago, the Williamette already had shoots on it, and it popped right out- 3-4 inches now. As for the other 3 varieties, I'm patiently waiting.

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