Thank you very much! I knew someone local would pop in here and give some local advice. Thanks to everyone else as well in case the local contact falls through. Can someone give a general recommendation for a hop species? I'm not looking for anything fancy. I'd love to eventually use this for brewing (either bitter or for aroma/flavor), but just as much I think it will give some uniqueness to the front of the house (I plan to put an iron 10ft tall spike in the ground near our front flower bed).
I think I might have to put a sign out front on the poll that says, "Attention POTHEADS, this is not for smoking!"
, otherwise I might just find some hippies smoking my hops in my lawn.
EDIT: So the keystone site has a great online shopper and here are my hop choices (I don't know if they are listed even if out of stock), so some advice would be great. I don't know how closely the rhizomes can be planted together? The space I'm looking to plant is very limited (probably 3 feet in diameter), so I don't want to crowd them out.
Here's the listed choices:
Cascade, Centennial, Goldings, Hallertau , Horizon, Liberty, Mount Hood, Nugget, Sterling, Tettnang, Willamette.
One last question, do these rhizomes keep? As in if I buy some now can I store them in a cool dry place for years or do they need to be planted when purchased? I would assume the former, but want to make sure. The prices on that site are really cheap and I assume shipping (even locally) will be more than a single rhizome, so why not stock up? Especially if the hop "shortage" were to get worse!
EDIT #2: Bah! I just called them up and even though they have them all listed and can be added to the online cart they have nothing left in stock..
I'm going to give my LHB a call but it looks like I might not be able to get any this year. It's a bummer too since I only need like 1-2 rhizomes.