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Growing Comfrey From Stems

 
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I thought I'd try a little experiment! I knew you could grow comfrey from root cuttings, crowns, or seed (if you got the viable variety), but I wanted to see if I could propagate from the leaf stems. My comfrey had gone to flower, so I wanted to hack it back anyway. I cut some of the fattest stems into sections about 2 inches long and stuffed them into seed raising mix. I sliced some sections in half lengthways to see if that worked, too. It worked! The ones cut in half took longer to germinate, but it worked. The only sections that haven't germinated yet are the stems I completely buried in the seed raising mix.
If there's anyone out there, like me, who doesn't really want to dig up their plants, give stem cuttings a go.
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Very cool, I never thought to try it.  Much better than chopping my roots apart.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
 
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Fantastic idea and thanks for the photo. I would have covered mine without it.
 
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Well done, Belinda. I've never heard of anyone doing this before but, I'm sure going to give it a try next Spring!
 
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thanks Belinda i'm giving this a go!
 
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I'm in zone 8a, so I'm trying Belinda's idea with just young leaves (don't have any flower stalks)- hopefully they will take.  This would be much easier than digging up roots!
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Ha! We're really testing comfrey's limits, eh? Let us know if they take!
 
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Comfrey's one plant with a "can do" attitude!
 
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Definitely will try this method soon. Thanks.
 
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After about 10 days. So far 6 of 12 have roots like this or are just emerging.

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