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Old 04-12-2009, 01:35 AM   #1
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So I've been waiting to split up my mature Cascade so that I can have three plants instead of one. Today was the day and I decided to take pictures because I know that we all love hop porn. The way that this plant has grown after six years in the ground is pretty interesting and I think that I know why and I'll show my guess at it at the end of the pics.

Here's my assistant pointing to the mother plant with the boxes anxiously awaiting some crown at the ends of the garage. My plan is to run rope up each end to to the eave then turn them up to the peak. The middle box will run to the outside of the top of each window and then up to the peak. I've measured and it'll easily be 20 feet for each plant.


This is what I'm digging. She's been in there for six years and there are 30+ shoots in four clusters coming up. Should be good to go

About halfway through the dig. No tools used, just my hands. My assistant was making sure that all of the worms got out and were transferred to the other boxes(she yelled at me a few times!)

You can see some pretty significant roots emerging in this photo. They seem to like the wall of the garage pretty well.

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Old 04-12-2009, 01:51 AM   #2
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Hope the mods are on top of me because I had to delete this thread twice to get the pics right. First time hosting and linking here and thumbs just didn't do it justice because of the ****ty lighting on the end of my garage.

Anyways, here she is in my hand

And another photo with the two big honkin' roots that ran barely under the ground along the side of the garage and past the new box I put in last week. Total length to the end from the crown is around eight feet

Another photo of the crown

Time to split it up and get it in the dirt. This is the middle box, most of the two big roots waiting for dirt.

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Old 04-12-2009, 01:58 AM   #3
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Here's the shoots that I left exposed in that box. There's only two of them but with the massive root stock they should be fine

This is the box on the right in the first photo. Lots of shoots and a good amount of stringy roots

And the third box. This one kinda got two clusters of shoots but the root stock was just as healthy. We'll see how they do.


All cleaned up and ready to grow

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Old 04-12-2009, 02:10 AM   #4
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This is why I think that the roots hugged the garage wall. We're only a couple feet above the water table here. At least they have a nice view



Sadly, I decided to trim off the roots. There is still plenty of healthy wood to supply the plants growth. We've had some flooding here pretty much since I started this plant as a rhizome and I think that is why it tried to keep high and dry along the garage. The source of the flooding (beaver dam) has been removed and the plants should be more free to spread out now.

That's a whole lotta root!

I'll post back on the health of the plants, but I'm really not worried. This plant has always done well despite the location. Last year I had 450-500 cones despite the growth tips being torn off on the sixth of June and it had grown to the roof by that time.

Not sure if this is a really relavant post but I had fun doing it and I thought maybe someone could learn from it. If you have any questions about the crappy pictures feel free to hit me up.

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Old 04-12-2009, 02:28 AM   #5
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Good series of photos ,The rhizomes can be cut between each group of nodes.If you are erplanting make sure all nodes are covered with dirt

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I actually covered more shoots with dirt than were originally there. There were plenty to go around!

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Just wanted to update. All three plants are doing well. The shoots in the outside boxes are leafing out and the one in the middle has new shoots breaking ground. I did have some existing shoots die back after the transplant but have healthy growers in all three boxes. I culled all but six shoots in the box that had two clusters to keep them in check with the root stock.

I'm not sure how this would have turned out with a younger plant, but there was so much growth to work with on this one that a little loss of new growth has been taken in stride.

Will continue to update with pics as the season progresses.

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How many years had these been growing before you split them?

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How many years had these been growing before you split them?
The OP says 6 years
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Six years is correct. They never really spread out because of the water table. They basically broke ground in a swamp every spring. I imagine if the big roots that traveled along the garage wall had been around for long enough I would have seen some sprouts at the end of that when they found suitable growing conditions. The second years are rooting in the more traditional starburst pattern. I have them in a dryer spot and in raised beds.

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