Originally Posted by Evan!
I ran out of spaces for mine. So I have two Goldings rhizomes that I think I'll pot up soon and see what I can get them to do.
I personally know that you can at least abuse them and keep them alive
I bought a Chinook rhizome two years ago. This is supposedly also a good decorative variety. So my plan has been to put it in the front of our house behind the retaining wall that runs along the driveway. Well, that's been the plan for 2 yrs now........ Since then the poor chinook has been growing in a 1 gal pot. It hasn't made any cones, but it is still alive! We're just finishing up replacing the retaining wall so in the next couple of weeks the poor abused chinook will go in the ground. Now I need to build a small pergola over the garage for it to grow on. Otherwise it will just be some twine up to the roof.
So, if nothing else, it can be kept alive for several years until you find the proper spot. You might not get any cones and it will look scraggly. I actually intentionally kept it a bit shady so it wouldn't grow to much and need a lot of watering.