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Robbo2234

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Hi All,

On the news I saw that the east coast of aus is going to stay warm for the next few months that will lead us into spring.
I was thinking about getting a head start on planting my rhizome.

is this a good idea or not???

Thanks
 

Ducatiboy stu

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Yep, get them in...even if they stay dormant for a few more weeks...
 

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If you are in an area that may get a frost any new shoots that appear will need protection.
 

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No more frost around here, still wet in the morning but no frost.

Well in that case I will get them in!
 

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If you are in an area that may get a frost any new shoots that appear will need protection.
They should be right....consider that they grow in the snow, frost wont hurt them...
 

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Rupert from Hopswest advised that it's fine, if not beneficial, to get them in the ground while it's still winter/raining intermittently to promote new root formation.

I've always done this and never had any problems.
 

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Perfect timing really, Ive got all my cubes full, feck all empty bottle, my kegs arent ready, planning a weekend of re-doing the hop trellis so will probably just HAVE to dig a hole as well ;)

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On the news I saw that the east coast of aus is going to stay warm for the next few months that will lead us into spring.
I was thinking about getting a head start on planting my rhizome.

is this a good idea or not???
It depends on your location and expected weather conditions.

If you have a mild winter and spring with not that much rain, no flooding and few/no frosts, and well drained soil, its likely a good idea.

However, frosts will kill any tender new shoots, and while that is not an issue on older/established plants it can be severe/critical to newly planted rhizomes.
Also depending on the rain/flood/soil conditions the newly planted rhizomes can get waterlogged and rot before they have a chance to establish and grow.
 

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