• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

When to propagate Comfrey?

 
Kevin MacBearach
Posts: 213
Location: Beavercreek, Oregon
2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I watched all youtube videos on dividing up the roots of established Comfrey plants and how easy it is to get the to grow into healthy plants. But what I could find was, at what point (size of plant, or time of year) should this be done? Right now (end of March) I've got lots of Comfrey coming up, but do I dig these up now? Do I wait till they're big in mid-summer?
 
Marianne Cicala
gardener
Posts: 660
Location: south central VA 7B
76
bee books forest garden fungi solar trees
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hey Kevin,
My roots are already potted up. Go for it now vs mid summer.
 
Kevin MacBearach
Posts: 213
Location: Beavercreek, Oregon
2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
So did the small plants have a good amount of roots for you to divide?
 
Marianne Cicala
gardener
Posts: 660
Location: south central VA 7B
76
bee books forest garden fungi solar trees
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
The root mass was not small, they were 3 years old; a pretty good size. I don't split them until they've been in the ground for a couple of years.
 
Craig Dobbson
gardener
Posts: 1430
Location: Maine (zone 5)
107
chicken food preservation forest garden hugelkultur rabbit trees
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
It's been my experience that there is no time when it's going to fail you. Comfrey is a durable plant. Last year I dug up a one year old root mass and literally chopped it up into a hundred pieces. With an old butcher knife and no concern for the size of the pieces of the cleanliness of cuts, I just whacked away at it. This was an experiment of sorts as you might have guessed. So I mixed all the little bits up in a bucket of soil and then spread the mix on a bed I want to use for propagating comfrey. I threw a bucket of compost on top of that and mulched it.

I think every piece (EVERY PIECE) sprouted a new plant. Within a few weeks each plant had a few good leaves on it and the bed filled out within a month.

I say chop it up... you're not gonna kill it. at least not all of it.


  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!