Jim Parker Jr wrote:Thanks Trace, I love hearing about this! Our very first comfrey plants are sitting in pots on the kitchen counter right now. We started them from seed a little over a month ago. Out of the packet of 50 we got ten plants that will get planted out in our raised beds. I was a little disappointed at first to only get 10 plants but your post gives me hope that we will have comfrey abundance as the years go by!
Anne Pratt wrote:I expressed a temptation to buy more comfrey yesterday. I have about 10 plants started from root cuttings last year, and they are coming up now (about 4" high). Expanding my raised beds, berry bushes, and fruit tree plantings considerably this year, I long for more comfrey! I'm not sure if I should dig one of my plants for root cuttings or not. They grew well last year, but not big, and didn't flower. I'm in USDA zone 5, in Vermont.
William Bronson wrote:Most people only plant the kind that will not propagate from seeds.
If you are growing the kind that self seeds, be prepared for it to take over.
Diane Kistner wrote:Ah, Trace! That reminds me...you sent me some comfrey roots maybe a year or two ago, and the first year they didn't do very well. It's very, very wet here, and I've had nothing but comfrey failures. But this morning I was out and about in the garden and saw your comfrey coming up in four or five places! I think I'm going to let these get very well established before I try to get more roots from them, but I get a very nice feeling of closeness to you when I see the plants. So thank you again!
William Bronson wrote:
In your system, does anything fill in the spaces left when comfrey dies back in the winter?
The lack of winter coverage is the main reason I don't have a comfrey lawn!
William Bronson wrote:
I have read you can propagate it by the stalks as well as by root.
It'd be more work, but given the way comfrey grows stalks, you could get even more plants per plant.
Anne Pratt wrote:Thank you, KC Simmons! My plants are still to small to consider this method (they have leaves, but not yet much in the way of stems. Plus big snow today). But if I try the above method to find if the roots are long and available, I will try some stem cuttings when the plants are bigger.
Jen Fulkerson wrote:I planted my comfrey roots today. Mother Nature was so happy she watered them for me. In N. California that's really something especially this year. Thank you so much Trace I will post pictures when they pop through the ground.
Jen Fulkerson wrote:The comfrey roots I got from Trace arrived today. I was actually surprised how fast I got them. The roots where still damp, but not soft or moldy. I couldn't wait so I planted them as soon as they were out of the box. Mother Nature was so happy she watered them for me. In N. California that's really something especially this year.
I noticed in some of the other posts they were struggling to keep them growing strong in hot dry climates. Once they are out of the ground if I mulch them heave, do you think one deep water a week will do, or should I do two deep waters a week until it is established?
Thank you so much Trace! I can't thank you enough. I will post pictures when they pop through the ground. People like you make the world a better place! Happy gardening.