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Frigid4H 09-18-2012 05:02 AM

What do I do with new rhizomes in September?
A friend of mine is moving and asked me if I wanted some free rhizomes from his Sterling and Centennial plants. I said yes without even thinking about it, of course. Now I'm wondering what to do with them until the spring when I can put them in the ground. I had pretty good luck with my Columbus (3oz dried) and Galena (just a few cones but healthy plant) in their first year this year, so I'm excited to add some flavor hops to the garden.

I'm in Minnesota, and it's about to get wicked cold here, so can I pot them and keep them alive until the spring? Is there anything else I can do to ensure healthy plants next year? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


GilSwillBasementBrews 09-18-2012 07:13 AM

I've read of people keeping theirs in Rubbermaid containers due to not being able to plant in the ground. I dont see why you couldn't keep them alive indoors in them through the winter. No firsthand knowledge to offer though.

lehr 09-18-2012 12:03 PM

Stick them in the ground and mulch over them they will be fine.


B-Hoppy 09-18-2012 12:40 PM

What lehr said. The first ones I grew were some roadside hops I found in September/October back in the mid 80's. I followed a vine down to the ground and found a chunk of rhizome with some healthy buds on it. Buried in a trench in a cornfield across the street. Early next Spring it was dug up and planted at a different location. All was well. You'll be fine.

Homercidal 09-18-2012 01:37 PM

You could plant them just fine. Or stick them in the freezer and plant in the spring. Just as easy to plant now. You might even get a little growth before they quit for the year.

wyzazz 09-18-2012 01:41 PM

As stated above, in the ground is probably the best place with some mulch or leaves to help insulate a bit. I've also had success in putting rhizomes cut in fall in to pots, then I toss them in my barn in a larger box insulated with leaves from the yard until spring.

Frigid4H 09-20-2012 04:08 AM

Thanks for the replies. I think I'm going to put them in pots and keep them in my basement for the winter. Should stay about the right temperature, and that'll give me time to figure out exactly where I want to plant them.

B-Hoppy 09-20-2012 01:18 PM

Please let us know how that works out for you. Good luck!

ArrowheadHops 09-20-2012 01:39 PM

I'd put them in the ground as they do need a hibernation period.

hoops_hops 09-21-2012 05:58 AM

Hops like to freeze. If it freezes tomorrow the rhizome will preserve. If it doesn't freeze they will begin to root and be even stronger in the spring

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