Originally Posted by csmith9717
We have plans to start the rhizomes in greenhouses this March and then transplanting them in the field after the last hard frost. Since we have a limited budget I would like to make sure that the rhizomes survive the whole process! Does anyone have a protocol I could follow or even any helpful suggestions for starting rhizomes in the greenhouse?
Seriously, don't bother. Just put them in the ground when you get them. Anything you gain by starting them a couple of weeks early will be lost by the shock of transplanting them.
Just wait until April and shove them in your prepared soil. They will do fine and you will get an experiment that more accurately reflects what your future growers will experience.
On the rest of your questions...that's 2 to 3 days worth of explaining. I'll send you a pm. You can find most of those answers here, though. You'll just have several days of reading.