Well, I went and did it. Im taking the plunge and trying my hand at growing my own hops. I just ordered some hop rhizomes from Freshops. I bought two rhizomes each of Cascade, Nugget and Willamette. I figured, if one doesnt take root, then the other would be my back up. If they both take root, more hops for me! While I was at it, I bought four ounces each of their whole leaf Cascade, Fuggle, Goldings, Hallertauer, Nugget and Willamette hops. Even with the shipping, the cost was more than 30% less than buying them from my LHBS!
Ive gathered a lot of reading material, including the latest issue of BYO, on growing hops, so Ill soon be delving into all of it. Im sure it has been discussed here before, but Id welcome any input from those who have been there, done that! Unless someone advises me differently, I plan to plant them indoors in a pot until it gets warmer here in Northern Illinois, then transplant them outdoors, probably in mid-April.