Originally Posted by doug1395
Yes I do have a spot picked out and ready to go but you don't think its too early?? Its snowing right now.
Look at it this way, when you get rhizomes you're usually instructed to keep them refrigerated until you can plant them. At this point, the soil temp is probably close to the temp of your refrigerator (I haven't checked the actual soil temp but you can see the crowns starting to push - so that tells me that it's warm enough to encourage some growth). Sure the surface inch or two may be cooler due to the cold blast we had this week but that will thaw as quick as it came. As long as it's not too muddy where you're gonna plant them, I see no problem to stick them in the ground. It's not like they're gonna be a foot tall in a week. The buds may start to slowly push up but at the same time they are trying really hard to get some roots going to help sustain growth this summer so energy is being expended in two directions at this point. Year two and onward, they already have roots so most all the juice is directed toward top growth. You can keep them in the fridge for a while longer or if we get a break in the weather go for it. Either way I'm sure you'll be successful. Happy Hoppin'!