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Old 02-20-2008, 07:29 PM   #11
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Well, it was a beautiful dream. I'd still like to find a way to use the existing structures/features of my yard because I'm not too keen on building a trellis system (I have enough projects already).

Which leads me to my next question: Will hops cling to trees? I have many 70' pine trees in my yard, some of which get full sun. Could I plant a rhizome at the base of a tree and train it to grow up the trunk, like kudzu?

Unfortunately the back of my house is in the shade all day long, or I'd just string them up to the roof.

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Old 02-20-2008, 07:31 PM   #12
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They will lift the tiles from the roof!

Bad idea.
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:36 PM   #13
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I'm sure they'll climb the tree but I'd be concerned about the competition in the soil. How about a raised bed on its own "soil ecosystem"? I'm going to try some wire running from the ground up to my second story roof. I know I might end up with a mess, but it's 30 feet.
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:40 PM   #14
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I dont they they would thrive very well on the roof, those shingles are going to get very very hot

 
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:41 PM   #15
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Anothing thing to consider with trees, is that you don't have any easy way to take down the bines to harvest if they are attached to a tree.
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:45 PM   #16
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I grow mine up a tree. I cut the bines into 3 foot lengths to remove it.
More work but not too bad.
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Old 02-20-2008, 08:01 PM   #17
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I have been thinking of trying to take advantage of some trees in my backyard to grow some hops also. I was thinking that maybe running some string or cable up the tree and then to the ground a few feet away from the base might work. I could probably get a few plants around the sunny side of a tree. Does anyone that has used a tree have any pictures of what they did?

 
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Old 02-20-2008, 08:09 PM   #18
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No pictures but I wouldn't plant to close to the tree because it will be dry.

I grew mine up a trellis on a fence 5ft from a 12" dia tree then trained it up the outer brances then let it run free.
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Old 02-20-2008, 08:10 PM   #19
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^+1. I would make a raised bed a little ways away from one of the trees, then run a cable either up to a limb or on an angle up to the trunk and train the bines up that way. It wouldn't do any harm to the tree and they wouldn't be competing for the soil as much.
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I found pictures
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