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Jeremiah Redden
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Hello all!

I was wondering when to stop harvesting my comfrey for the season?

It is mid September in zone 5b and I have a lot of comfrey to harvest but heard somewhere you should stop at a certain time to allow the plant to store up energy for the winter.

I have about 60-90 days to first frost....will this be enough time if I harvest now?

Thanks.
 
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I'd say that you have more than enough time to get another crop off of it.  You really can't kill that stuff, trust me.  I've tried.  LOL
 
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We pick as long as there are nice leaves.
We piled a foot of wood chips on some comfrey last Spring. It made it through a couple weeks later. Tough herb to kill. And it loves to spread.
 
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I usually stop now, not for the sake of the plants, but for the sake of the spiders.  Hundreds of them can over-winter in the big comfrey leaves.
 
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Todd Parr wrote:I usually stop now, not for the sake of the plants, but for the sake of the spiders.  Hundreds of them can over-winter in the big comfrey leaves.


That's a good point!  I always feel so bad when I see people doing the "full fall cleanup" leaving nothing for the predators and prey to hang out in over the winter.  Then again, I usually take all of the brush and leaves from the curbside paper bags so their loss is my gain.  SoOOOOOoooo   much mulch.  Happy garden. 

 
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Yeah didn't really even think about the spiders and preditory insects! lol. Maybe I will cut back half of them (have like 20 plants going).

Thanks again for all the advice!
 
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Jeremiah Redden wrote:Yeah didn't really even think about the spiders and preditory insects! lol. Maybe I will cut back half of them (have like 20 plants going).

Thanks again for all the advice!


If you're like me, you'll have a lot more than that   I love comfrey.  It has so many uses and is so easy to propagate that I have it everywhere.
 
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