I bought 4 rhizomes at the start of this season and 3 of them are doing just great. One of them, however, is not.
I'll start with my question - Should I dig the rhizome out and give it a proper burial now and get the "closure" I need to move on with my life, or should I wait til next year on the off chance that the rhizome itself is OK?
Anyway, here are the pics:
A nice, thick, healthy looking Mt. Hood rhizome... So far, so good.
The first of the sprouts (there were eventually something like 4 or 5 little ones)
The fun didn't last. The leaf tips were starting to brown, so I gently grabbed a small shoot to see what was up... and the thing had already detached itself from the rhizome and came right out. I repeated this process with all the other shoots, until only the tallest was left. It didn't totally detach, but it rapidly browned and looks well on it's way to death.
I think it was a combo of harsh wind and maybe overwatering. There's been a lot of rain and wind lately, and while the other hops seem to have weathered it just fine, this little summbitch didn't.
So... long story short, is there any hope this guy sprouts up next year like nothing happened? I'd really like that to be the case, cause I don't live in the States, and the shipping alone on rhizomes is like $30. If it is a lost cause, though, that's OK cause I'll just split another rhizome and put it in this planter next spring.