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Has anyone grown hops under apple trees?  RSS feed

 
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I'm looking for people to recount their experience growing hops under apple trees.

The reason I ask, is this article.


We saw, for the first time, woods where apple was the dominant species, together with poplars and maples. Hops grew up many of the apple trees as well; in Hampshire, I used to grow hops in addition to apples, and never expected to see the two plants growing in the wild together. If I had only followed nature as demonstrated at Topolyevka, I could have grown my hops up old Bramley apple trees and saved a great deal in costs by forgoing the posts and wirework I used to train the hops.

 
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That sounds like a good idea. I'm going to try that. I have some Zeus hops that are in a pot and need a good home. I wonder how they will do with the dappled sunlight. Hops like full sun.
 
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My guess is that if hops didn't like dappled shade, they wouldn't be seen growing up apple trees in the wild.

Nature will tell you if it works or not.
 
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