Storing hop rhizomes

If you have your hop rhizome but your not ready to plant, you should be doing this!

There are many reasons why you may not be ready to plant your hop rhizomes as soon as you get yours delivered. If that’s the case for you, its no problem because there are simple ways for you to be storing hop rhizomes correctly to avoid any damage to them.

Common reasons people are not ready to plant their rhizomes are:

  • My garden area isn’t ready yet
  • I don’t have the time right now
  • I don’t know what I’m doing (we are here to help)
  • There is still frost in the area

Storing hop rhizomes: What you need to do!

If you are not ready to plant your rhizome in the ground just yet, the 2 things you need to do are:

  • Keep the rhizomes out of sunlight
  • Don’t let them dry out!

The best way to avoid the sun and keep the moisture in is to place your rhizomes in the fridge in a zip lock bag with a small amount of water. The small amount of water is there to keep the rhizome from drying out and to keep the moisture in.

So the only things you need are:

  • Some space in the fridge (and a fridge of course)
  • A zip lock bag
  • Small amount of water

If you have no space in the fridge you will either need to move the milk or drink some of those extra beers you have been storing in there……(the sacrifices we make).

With the rhizome now in the fridge, it can be stored until you are ready to plant. Some people ask us about the time frame the hop rhizomes can be stored so we recommend that you should plant your rhizomes within two weeks of you receiving them.

That should help you store your rhizomes until you are ready to plant them. When you are ready to plant we suggest you read our next article on planting hops.

For another great read about rhizomes you should check out A hop rhizome – what the heck is that?

 

 

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