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Old 04-22-2009, 07:46 PM   #1
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Default HOw long will Rhizomes stay good for?

I bought 3 Rhizomes about a month ago and have had them in the refrigerator. Bad weather here in Colorado has prevented me from planting them. I am going on vacation next week and plan to plant them when I get back on May 3rd. Think that they will be ok until then?


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Old 04-22-2009, 07:55 PM   #2
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Dont know the answer but would like to check out that 90 shilling clone recipe you have on deck.


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Old 04-22-2009, 08:47 PM   #3
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The homebrew store here has had rhizomes in there fridge since mid march. So I'm assuming it's ok,
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:26 PM   #4
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you could always start them indoors if you are worried about them...
I just picked up a rhizome from my lhbs that had been in the fridge for well over a month and it sprouted two shoots after about a week in the ground.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:29 PM   #5
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Lightly, VERY LIGHTLY, moisten a paper towel, put it in the ziploc and keep it cold.
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I put them in those Reynolds bags that you remove the air out of so they are air tight in the fridge.
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Old 04-23-2009, 05:47 AM   #7
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Actually, PLANT THEM NOW! get them in the ground before your trip so you have sprouts when you come back. I'm in CO also in the mountains were it gets COLD. I planted mine mid march and they had no problems with the freezes (I'm talking solid ground freeze) All I did was mulch my hop hills with hay. They even did great with this past storm. They seem to be very hardy plants. Good luck!
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Last year I left mine in the bag they came in for at least 7 weeks (in my fridges meat shelf) before I was able to plant and they did fine. They just need to be moist - not wet.
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I think you can often leave them quite long without a problem. However, if you have a couple spare pots in the basement, I would recommend potting them and putting them in a sunny window.


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