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Storing rhizomes
« on: January 31, 2011, 10:38:45 AM »
How long can you store rhizomes in the refridgerator?  I want to grow my own hops, and I've read a lot of things about the process, but haven't seen anything on storage time. If I'm unable to plant this year, will they keep for one year?  I ask because I may be moving in March/April, and I might not make the planting dates for my climate.  Thanks!
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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2011, 11:01:43 AM »
I doubt they would keep that long in the refrigerator, they would probably dry out or mold.  If I were you, I would plant them in a pot and then transplant them when you can.
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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2011, 11:59:29 AM »
They will keep a little while if you put them in a ziploc wrapped in a damp paper towel, in the fridge, maybe a month or so.  I am with Tom, stick them in a pot, or even in the ground to get them going rather than keeping them dormant.  Then take the pot or tranplant to the new house.
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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2011, 12:55:27 PM »
If you think you might have an issue this year, why not just wait and get rhizomes next year that you can plant right away? Less stress, and I'm sure that people will still be selling them in in 2012.
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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2011, 12:59:46 PM »
If you think you might have an issue this year, why not just wait and get rhizomes next year that you can plant right away? Less stress, and I'm sure that people will still be selling them in in 2012.
Not according to this::) ;D
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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2011, 01:16:56 PM »
If you think you might have an issue this year, why not just wait and get rhizomes next year that you can plant right away? Less stress, and I'm sure that people will still be selling them in in 2012.
Not according to this::) ;D
Oh. Well then just plant them and wait for the apocalypse  ;)
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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2011, 01:21:30 PM »
I already order two rhizomes, and then found out I most likely will have to move.  If not, I'm sure I can find someone who will putthem to good use!  Thanks for the input guys!
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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2011, 01:33:48 PM »
If you think you might have an issue this year, why not just wait and get rhizomes next year that you can plant right away? Less stress, and I'm sure that people will still be selling them in in 2012.
Not according to this::) ;D

Ah shoot, now you post this.  I'd wouldn't have brewed that English IPA that I want to age for a year had I known this! ;D
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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2011, 01:50:24 PM »
If you think you might have an issue this year, why not just wait and get rhizomes next year that you can plant right away? Less stress, and I'm sure that people will still be selling them in in 2012.
Not according to this.  ::) ;D

Man, I thought I could take it easy this year on my bucket list, as the world was not going to end until late 2012.  Now this comes along.  Sheesh.

Edit - the local news and weather have the world as we know it ending with the blizzard that is on the way for Groundhog Day!  Glad I have "some" beer in the basement.
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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2011, 02:37:03 PM »
When I moved in 2007 I dug up rhizomes from the yard that November, wrapped them in a damp paper towel, placed them is a ziplock bag and kept them in the fridge.  I planted them in the new house the following April.  So, about five months.   ;D
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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2011, 05:44:45 PM »
The apocalypse.....again? I'll have to dig up that little blue strapless number I have for the party!
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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2011, 10:34:53 PM »
Ah shoot, now you post this.  I'd wouldn't have brewed that English IPA that I want to age for a year had I known this! ;D
Maybe just age it for 10 months ;)

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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2011, 07:05:15 AM »
Anyone brewing something special for the apocalypse? :)
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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2011, 08:49:44 AM »
Anyone brewing something special for the apocalypse? :)

How about an apocalypse porter?  Or a world's end weissen?
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Re: Storing rhizomes
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2011, 09:52:00 AM »
If you think you might have an issue this year, why not just wait and get rhizomes next year that you can plant right away? Less stress, and I'm sure that people will still be selling them in in 2012.
Not according to this::) ;D

That's funny!!!  Yeah what the hell.  If you haven't planted by now... why plant at all! 
Hops survive the winter out doors covered with just a bit of dirt and snow on top.  I'd put the rhizome in a pot big enough with some damp soil and pack it down.  Then stick it outside or in a cool basement and let it chill out naturally.  When you move, pick up the pot, put it in a plastic bag, keep it cool and move it.  When you arrive at your destination let it warm up with the early spring and transplant.  In the mean time order another to be delivered at your new address... just in case.
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