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I am starting some jerusalem artichokes. They look like they grow fast tall and strong. I also have some hop plants in delivery. I was wondering if the sunchokes are planted around the hop plant, if they could act as a living trellis? I would appreciate opinions of those who had experience with these plants.
 
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Technically yes they could but in reality their spring timing may be off, we got hops coming up now but only a few surface dwelling chokes. I've look at what bindweed does to them and yes they grow just fine but bindweed leaves are small and get exhausted wrapping up the stem. I don't think your hop yields would be very good, and in the spring the hops may choke the chokes out and in the summer the chokes will shade out the hops. I think it's worth a try though because your growing conditions might give you an early start on the chokes I don't have. But i wouldn't call them complimentary companions just yet, if your chokes arn't established they could come up small and then get wiped out. In about 3 weeks grocery store chokes are going to start getting harder to find, when i first started out I was lucky to get 4 feet of height out of them but now they grow to 12 feet every year and I think i might put those hop roots my wife set aside for me under a few.
 
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Thanks. That is exactly what I needed to know. Last risk of frost has not yet past, for me, zone 5a. So I am guessing you probably have a bit better conditions for it than I.

I have a usless bush/tree on the corner of my lot, it produces a berry the birds wont eat, and has many trunks, and I don't even know what it is. But maybe I will run make posts out of cuttings from it, for a vertical. Then run horizontal wires connecting to my house. I am considering getting some mullbery trees and copicing them for grapes and hops. But there must be something out there that hops were "meant" to grow on.


I lived in Yakima for a while so you would think I should know something about hops.
 
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