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how cold does it have to get before it kills off the plant in the winter?

our temps in NE Wis haven't been able to kill of ours. this year was mild, but we've had some cold ones since the hops went in. i'd say you should be good down into the negative teens (fahrenheit) for sure (can't remember how that translates to centigrade)  :shrug: we don't mulch or cover ours, so doing that would add to its cold-hardiness.

here's a site i found: http://www.growinghopsyourself.com/
second main entry down on the page talks of overwintering. they say any sub-zero temps/hard ground freezes can kill them. we know this to be untrue, at least with our beast.  :shrug:

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just curious, but of the rhizomes Severstad sent out in the last couple of years, how many are coming up?
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Got 2-cascade and 2-willamette rhizomes that I'm going to start in a container and transplant once I get the trellis finished.

Started them in containers on 4/2.  One willamette has popped through.  The trellis is, for the most part, complete, but I want to paint it before I put it.  I went with this concept:


Although I will be running twine to the ground on either side of the vertical.
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Both of cascades have popped through.  :pickle:
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Mine are off like gangbusters!   I'll post pics tomorrow.
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Not mine. I thought they started but it turned out to be weeds. At what point do I assume the worst?
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Mine are off like gangbusters!   I'll post pics tomorrow.


Me, too, man. The plants have grown at least a foot in seven days. The beast is back!    :excited:

Glad they're doing well, Hack. The beast's little, clone brother. How cute.     :-[

JJ, I'd start worrying ... now. No buds? No nuthin'?   :(

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Mine are about a foot out of the ground and stronger than last year. . .it's like they are on Viagra

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One of my Willamette rhizomes appears to be  :tombstone: also.  The other 3 have popped through already.  The trellis is near completion and I'll probably transplant them in the next couple of weeks.
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Any thoughts on why mine didn't come back? Any chance in a few months or next year or can I write them off as :tombstone:
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Any thoughts on why mine didn't come back? Any chance in a few months or next year or can I write them off as :tombstone:

Did you pee on them by chance?
i'm not good at putting this stuff in words but i can't see myself with anyone else except maybe urbanhack.

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Any thoughts on why mine didn't come back? Any chance in a few months or next year or can I write them off as :tombstone:
Did you pee on them by chance?
Pee, no.
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I've got 3 very healthy shoots coming up, and what appears to be a fourth.  Lattice is going in this weekend.
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Now, THAT looks healthy!  (the plants)

You're gonna need something bigger pretty soon, Hack.   (the trellis)

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Now, THAT looks healthy!  (the plants)

You're gonna need something bigger pretty soon, Hack.   (the trellis)

 :thumbup:

I'm going to move those bricks over and add more dirt.  I'm also going to string down some twine from the trellis and fasten it to the bottom of the poles.

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One of my Willamette rhizomes appears to be  :tombstone: also.  The other 3 have popped through already.  The trellis is near completion and I'll probably transplant them in the next couple of weeks.

The other willamette has popped through. :pickle:
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All my hops are growing like crazy.  Most are about 3 to almost 4 feet above ground. I need to get off my ass and build and arbor for them this year.

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All my hops are growing like crazy.
:kickrock:
Wish I knew how I killed mine.
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All my hops are growing like crazy.
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Wish I knew how I killed mine.

You live closer to Furley then I do

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All my hops are growing like crazy.
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Wish I knew how I killed mine.
You live closer to Furley then I do
Are you saying I should have given it to him to cellar over the winter?
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All my hops are growing like crazy.
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Wish I knew how I killed mine.
You live closer to Furley then I do
Are you saying I should have given it to him to cellar over the winter?
He's like the mutant out of X-Men 3 who takes away their powers when they get too close. . . Hops in too close of a proximity to Furley die

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All my hops are growing like crazy.
:kickrock:
Wish I knew how I killed mine.
You live closer to Furley then I do
Are you saying I should have given it to him to cellar over the winter?
He's like the mutant out of X-Men 3 who takes away their powers when they get too close. . . Hops in too close of a proximity to Furley die

I gave furley bottles of 4 year old DIPAs over the weekend.  He was excited.

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Did I send hop rhizomes to ALL you guys? I can't remember.   :shrug:

I have a few more requests to get to. But, if you are still in need, JJ, let me know. I'll do what I can.    :thumbup:


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Did I send hop rhizomes to ALL you guys? I can't remember.   :shrug:

I have a few more requests to get to. But, if you are still in need, JJ, let me know. I'll do what I can.    :thumbup:



I've not received or requested anything from you other than a GTOMW ticket last year and some interweb man love. . .

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Did I send hop rhizomes to ALL you guys? I can't remember.   :shrug:

I have a few more requests to get to. But, if you are still in need, JJ, let me know. I'll do what I can.    :thumbup:


Yup, you gave me one. I'd like to figure out what I did to kill it before continuing the Hoplicaust.
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Did I send hop rhizomes to ALL you guys? I can't remember.   :shrug:

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Got my hops from the LHBS.
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I strung my twine from the base of my planter all the way up the trellis this weekend.  Will post more pics tonight.

i'm not good at putting this stuff in words but i can't see myself with anyone else except maybe urbanhack.

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Did I send hop rhizomes to ALL you guys? I can't remember.   :shrug:

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You sent me hops, no rhizomes.


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Did I send hop rhizomes to ALL you guys? I can't remember.   :shrug:

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Yep, and they're alive and kicking.  Gonna have to fight for sun for a while, though.  They're currently behind a hosta and a peony.
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Now you should be set, Hack. Those hops could get pretty wild this year.

Thanks for the updates, fellas. Mt fingernails are permanently dirty from all the rhizomes I've been digging up.

JJ, since I have to go back to the dirt soon, I'll see if I can find something for you. We'll get something rocking in Kohler yet!

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There seems to be something missing from this version. :unsure:
Gilly> this is totally murdering my unicorn blood boner

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Now you should be set, Hack. Those hops could get pretty wild this year.

Thanks for the updates, fellas. Mt fingernails are permanently dirty from all the rhizomes I've been digging up.

JJ, since I have to go back to the dirt soon, I'll see if I can find something for you. We'll get something rocking in Kohler yet!


If you find an extra or two I would love them.


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Give it a year.

They'll explode and take over your life (demanding only bottled water, writing bad checks, fornicating with neighbor ladies, etc.)

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That is actually a 3rd year plant that was recently relocated to my house.  As I understand it, it was 14' tall last year.  I am out of my league  :bag:

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you do realize this entire arbor will be covered. entire.  :coffee:


Jaysus, the rhizome came up. that's all that really matters in our experience. sure, it was 3 yrs old before, but it was transplanted. and it came up. i'd say you are set, and don't hope for that little shepherd's crook to be enough for the thing next year, if not this.
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Yep, and they're alive and kicking.  Gonna have to fight for sun for a while, though.  They're currently behind soon will be strangling a hosta and a peony.

you might want to think about relocating that hosta, depending on how far behind the hops are (or aren't). i'd say peony, too, but they take forever to get established, and i'm not sure how they are with transplanting. the hosta would be fine if you moved it, though.
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you do realize this entire arbor will be covered. entire.  :coffee:


Yes.  Hopsapalooza!
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you do realize this entire arbor will be covered. entire.  :coffee:


Yes.  Hopsapalooza!

THEN, I'll come visit the infamous deck.   :drive:

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Yep, and they're alive and kicking.  Gonna have to fight for sun for a while, though.  They're currently behind soon will be strangling a hosta and a peony.

you might want to think about relocating that hosta, depending on how far behind the hops are (or aren't). i'd say peony, too, but they take forever to get established, and i'm not sure how they are with transplanting. the hosta would be fine if you moved it, though.

If they get choked out/overrun, it won't happen this year.  The hosta and peony were here when we moved in, and we've completely ignored the beds on that side of the house.  They're not a great location for sun, but my wife already claimed all of those spots for the "important" plants. 

I'll probably dig the hosta and peony up in the fall and either transplant them or give them away.  They both seem pretty healthy, so there's no sense in wasting them.
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Dude!
That's what I looked like (including the axe) when I removed the rhizomes on Sunday!    ;D

Squid thinks I look hot.    :shrug:


Oh, and you have to move beyond this negativity, JJ. Hops require reassurance, confidence, and love.    :wub:

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Dude!
That's what I looked like (including the axe) when I removed the rhizomes on Sunday!    ;D

Squid thinks I look hot.    :shrug:


Oh, and you have to move beyond this negativity, JJ. Hops require reassurance, confidence, and love.    :wub:
That explains it. I went out there every morning like Sgt.Hartman in Full Metal Jacket.
"I oughtta pull you out of the ground and rhizome-#### you!!!!!!"
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