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Old 08-03-2008, 03:50 PM   #1
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I am moving in 2 weeks and want to take my 2nd year hops plants with me. They had no hop cones the first year, but this year there are several cones starting on a single 15 foot high bine. I have them climbing a rope. Can i just dig them up with roots and all, and replant them at my new home a couple hours later? Leaving the bine wrapped around the rope? Should they continue to grow this year if i do that? Any advice on moving them is appreciated.

 
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Old 08-03-2008, 05:23 PM   #2
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that probably won't work. The tiny hairs on the roots do most of the work, and they tend to break off when transplanted. It is often difficult just to get a plant to survive a transplant. Hops are hardy, but I really doubt they would finish off production of the hops on the bine, or even keep a 15' bine alive. I would just cut the bines, harvest what you can. Replant the rhizome at your new home, and have a strong, healthy plant next season.
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:03 PM   #3
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I'd agree, but I'd just cut the bine down to 5' and transplant. The bine might die anyway, but if it survives, it will be able to plump up the root for next year.
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:20 AM   #4
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SO cutting the bine back and losing this year's production will be better for the plant next year?

 
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:41 AM   #5
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Cut back and get as much of the roots as you can. Stick them in a pot for the rest of the year and plant them next year. You'll basically have bigger rhizomes than the ones you started out with.
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:35 AM   #6
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Yeah. The rhizome/ root is the plant's heart. Without it being healthy- the plant is dead. You are about to damage the heart by moving it. It will be hard for that damaged heart to pump nutrients to your bines and hops.
On the other hand, the leaves can crank a little juice back to the rhizomes, so try what 42 said and cut all but 5' off.
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Old 08-04-2008, 02:12 PM   #7
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I moved during June last year with my 1st year hops. I did move the bine and rhizome. The bines did die off but started again at the end of season. I would try digging up ALOT of ground around the rhizome and leaving the rhizome in the middle. Hopefully this will help the plant to survive. I feel for ya that you do not want to trash the harvest this season so give it a try. What is the worst that will happen the bine dies?

 
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:04 PM   #8
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Perhaps the new folks moving into the house are beer drinkers who will keep the hops growing for ya in exchange for a brew or three made from said hops?

 
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Old 08-04-2008, 07:41 PM   #9
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I feel for ya that you do not want to trash the harvest this season so give it a try. What is the worst that will happen the bine dies?
The rhizome could use up its energy reserves for winter trying to keep 1 bine alive. Could kill the plant. When transplanting, err on the side of caution.
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:46 PM   #10
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[edit] moved to a new thread, I'm stepping on this one

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