Alright, so I've perused through quite a few other threads and I think I've got an idea of what to do, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to seek some further opinions.
I've got two first-year hops: one Centennial, one Goldings. Everything considered, both grew well this year and exceeded my expectations (15+ ft, big thick bines, healthy vegetation, etc.). I wasn't one of the lucky ones who got cones the first year, but that may be due to the limited duration of direct light available to my apartment's patio...
Anyways, I've gathered that even though Colorado gets pretty cold, the containers should be fine as long as the soil doesn't freeze solid. And even though there aren't cones this year, I should let the bine die back before thinking about trimming it.
I was wondering a couple of things:
1) Does anyone know of a resource that lists minimum temperature tolerances for various hop varieties?
2) If I do end up having to bring the containers inside, could the higher temperatures (still somewhat cold, ~60*F) cause the rhizomes to sprout again too early? And if so, could I just trim them back down as they pop up, no worries?
3) Is there any real need for light/moisture (snow, etc.) at all at the surface of the soil, or would covering the containers be an option while the crowns hibernate?