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Old 06-08-2009, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default When can I split the root?

I have 4, 2nd year hops growing now. They are all healthy and have 2 bines each, about 20 foot high. Yay me.

What I want to do is plant some hops for privacy on the other end of my deck. So it looks like I have options:

1. take some cuttings from my 2nd years or
2. Order new rhizomes.
3. take a cuttings next year from a 3rd year plant.

What is the best option for getting some foliage next spring?
I know option #2 will take a year to establish themselves, but I get the same result if I wait a year, and then split the root?

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Old 06-08-2009, 07:38 PM   #2
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Third year plants should be robust enough to harvest rhizomes from, plus you get the satisfaction of propagating from your own rootstock.

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Old 06-08-2009, 07:39 PM   #3
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Typically in gardening, splitting of plants takes place when they are dormant.

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Old 06-08-2009, 08:14 PM   #4
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I vote for splitting the crown next spring. I did it two months ago and these are by far my healthiest plants.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/spli...k-pics-113775/

BTW, if you want to drive out to the country you're welcome to see them in person

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...the satisfaction of propagating from your own rootstock.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:02 PM   #6
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Third year plants should be robust enough to harvest rhizomes from, plus you get the satisfaction of propagating from your own rootstock.
Yep. I moved to a new house two years ago and took some cuttings before I moved. Took them in November, wrapped in a damp paper towel and stored them in a ziplock bag in the fridge. Planted them the following spring.
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:19 AM   #7
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As others said, when dormant is definitely the best time to do such things to most plants & hops are likely to be the same. But, I read elsewhere here that people have started growing new plants by using vine cuttings & dipping them in growth hormone before planting/rooting in water. That counld be done now. In fact would likely be the best time when the plant is actively growing before it starts production of hops.

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