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Old 03-30-2009, 09:15 PM   #1
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I have a second year chinook that just won't grow. He's in a planter and had some leaves shoot out around where the orginal rhizome was planted. But nothing more for over a week. I planted my rhizomes last week and they all have a good 2 to 3 inch vine coming out for each one. DO the second years take a bit to get going? Or, does it need more ckicken poop?

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Old 03-30-2009, 09:17 PM   #2
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I have a second year chinook that just won't grow. He's in a planter and had some leaves shoot out around where the orginal rhizome was planted. But nothing more for over a week. I planted my rhizomes last week and they all have a good 2 to 3 inch vine coming out for each one. DO the second years take a bit to get going? Or, does it need more ckicken poop?

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Is it a small container? May be root bound or lack of nutrients.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:45 PM   #3
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have you been taking care of the roots while they were dormant? Did you water regularly and apply nutrients?

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Old 03-30-2009, 11:08 PM   #4
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have you been taking care of the roots while they were dormant? Did you water regularly and apply nutrients?
THey are in a smaller container. But they grew about 9 feet last year. I did water them once a week at least during the winter. I also covered them with hay (although it only got below freezing like 3 times this winter). As far as nutrients, I put on chicken poop and compost. I was thinking maybe it outgrew the container a bit but i would think that with daily waterin now and a lot of nutrients, it would do more. It will be out of the planter in about 2.5 months as we're buying a house I can plant a garden. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:27 AM   #5
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Maybe just give it some time? Your plant may be taking a break. I would assume that they all would sprout at the same time (my tet and northern brewer did within a couple days) but it may be different for the variety. Did you prune last years growth off when it died back? Or before it died back?

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Old 03-31-2009, 07:45 AM   #6
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he is a she

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I was going to say - maybe because you've been calling her "He".

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I was going to say - maybe because you've been calling her "He".
Ha. I wish it was that easy.

I didn't cut the bines back until a couple of weeks ago. Could that have done something?
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Cutting the bines back is a bad idea until the plants are 3 years old. She'll recover eventually.

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Cutting the bines back is a bad idea until the plants are 3 years old. She'll recover eventually.
by that do you mean early season cutting to grow only 3 of the bines?
(done to promote the roots to establish?) I've only heard about needing to do that the first year.
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