I grew hops years ago, in Michigan, and I tell you what, they were like some invasive aliens (think 'tribbles' on a vine). They took down three trellises (never to be seen again) so they grow awesome in the North. They need to go dormant in the winter, so they won't really be growing inside. But you can have a multitude of problems, like root rot, if you are heavy handed with the H2O. If I were you, I would, at least, plant one outside in the fall, and try putting a pot inside. You really just want to keep it dormant inside, and you could probably do that by keeping it in a paper bag with sawdust in the crisper of your fridge. My hops took 3 years to get a good crop, but I didn't use it for beer, I used it as an herb for insomnia. Now if anyone out there can tell me how or what kind of hops I can grow here in the deep south as the ones I have were planted last fall and they are pathetic little things.