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Old 04-01-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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Default So, are my rhizomes going to die?

Two weeks ago I prepared an area and planted rhizomes for five different hops.

They were very good (large with little buds starting) rhizomes. I planted each two to three inches deep in its own large hole (1.5' diameter by 2' deep) filled with a mixture of compost and top soil. The weather was in the 60's.

Then.... we got a cold snap. Never got out of the 40's during the day and we had several nights in a row in the 20's. Also got a good amount of rain during the same period.

I know it wouldn't be a problem if they were established.

Do you guys think they will make it?

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Old 04-01-2013, 07:26 PM   #2
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If the shoots didn't break ground yet you should be in decent shape. Did the rhizome send up shoots that now look wilted?

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If the shoots didn't break ground yet you should be in decent shape. Did the rhizome send up shoots that now look wilted?
No, nothing ever broke the ground. The cold weather came in a day or two after I planted them.
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I certainly wouldn't give up hope. They're probably okay Keep us posted!

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Will do.

I would have started them indoors if I had known the weather would turn cold. As it was, I planted them the day after they arrived in the mail from Freshhops.

I just have no idea how long they can tolerate being in the ground and not growing. I know if you plant potatoes too soon they will rot in the ground before they can grow.

We've also had two or three soaking (almost flood-like) rains in the last couple of weeks, but the area where they are planted drains pretty well (no standing water), so I'm crossing my fingers.

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Old 04-01-2013, 09:47 PM   #6
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As we harvest rhizomes they go into cold storage right around 32 so you'll be fine.

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Old 04-02-2013, 01:43 AM   #7
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Too much water at this point will harm them more than any amount of cold temperature.

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They will be fine

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They made it!

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See....hardy suckers huh?

I never covered mine, and it has since snowed twice at about 1" each and hasn't gotten above 45°F during the day in a few weeks. All of mine are still pushing up.

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