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PLANTING LOCATION AND LIGHT The hop is a climbing plant. It’s not a vine (which uses its tendrils to cling to supports), but a bine, which wraps its stem around a structure to gain height and ultimately get more sun.

Therefore it will need support to grow against. The most economical and easy option is to rig up a rope or string (in hop-growing lingo it’s called a “coir”) at an angle no less than 55 degrees. The challenge is to get a tying point for the upper part of the rope.

I found the tepee approach to be the most cost effective – a central pole about six metres high with 18 hop plants spaced at a 2.5m distance around the pole. This also allows you to easily install a system where you can lower the strings during maintenance or harvesting time, especially if you don’t like working at heights.