From the HBD Archive
From: "Spencer W. Thomas" <Spencer.W.Thomas@med.umich.edu>
Subject: Hops dead?
Date: 1992-03-03 14:38:27 GMT

On Feb 25, Daniel Roman <tix!roman@uunet.UU.NET > writes:

> I bought some cuttings from an outfit in Oregon and when they
> arrived by UPS ground I immediately opened the box and stuck them in
> the ground. I finally dug them up and all four were dead.

Most garden suppliers will reship under these conditions. Did you even try
calling or writing them? They should know that they are shipping a perishable
product that sometimes won't make it, and should be willing to replace them.

On the issue of "dead" plantings: It's not always so obvious. Two years ago,
we ordered two grape vines (just for eating, not wine). By the time I got
around to planting them, one was apparently totally dead. I planted anyway,
figuring that I would lose nothing by doing so. The first produced leaves
pretty quickly, while the second one just sat there. A couple of months later,
I noticed that the "dead" one had put out a couple of small leaves. It
continued to grow, and is now almost as big and hearty as the other.

=Spencer W. Thomas HSITN, U of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
spencer.thomas@med.umich.edu 313-747-2778

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