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sorry if dumb question... would hops grow up a wall like ivy? Or does it need structure like string or wires?
The hops rhizome will travel laterally until it finds a host to climb up, they have to climb, once it starts to climb it winds itself in a clockwise spiral so as to follow the sun. Darwin was fascinated by hops he had them growing outside of his bedroom window. He was also the first to discover that when you cut of a plants growing tip it goes blind. Proving that plants can see.(not like us obviously) Its only fairly recently that scientists have proved that plants can see,(and count) not just light but 3 colours violet, blue and red. A bit of useful trivia for Pub quiz night.You can, be lazy that is, they're quite happy to grow along the ground, the traditional hop up a rope thing was to maximise floor space. Harvesting might be interesting though.
There was someone who planted near a tree put pictures up on one of the hop threads, hops grow best with the more hours of sunlight so to get a good crop it depends on the latitude.I was going to plant next to a tree but not enough sun ...