Kitkin eilen pientä krappipenkkiäni. Yhdessä vanhimmista taimista oli voikukka kasvanut niin samaan paakkuun, että en saanut sitä pois muutenkuin nostamalla koko krappitaimen ylös. Tämä kyseinen taimi oli kolme vuotta vanha ja olin yllättynyt miten isolle alueelle ja syvälle juuret olivat menneet. Olin istuttanut taimet 30cm välein ja se selvästi on liian vähän, ehkä 50cm olisi ollut parempi taimiväli, vaikka näin keväällä maanpäälliset versot näyttävätkin vähän orvoilta.
Yesterday I was weeding my little madder bed. Right next to one of the oldest madder plants there was a big dandelion, and I couldn't get it out without lifting the madder up, too. This madder was three years old, and I was surprised to see how deep and wide the roots were. I had planted the seedlings 30 cm apart three years ago, and clearly that was too close. 50cm would have been better, even though now in the spring the plants look kind of lost being so far from each other
While I had the plant dug up, I decided to divide it in two with a sharp knife. I was going to try dividing my madder plants this spring but time just flew away and I never did it, but now I can see with this one plant how it reacts to dividing. I had read previously that madder also spreads by underground stolons, but my own plants have not done that, at least not so far. Then this morning I read in Cardon's book that there are different strains of madder in cultivation, and some of them have very short rhizomes and don't spread, this makes them easier to grow in the field in bigger scale. Apparently my madder plants are this kind, but wouldn't have minded the spreading at all:)
Before replanting I trimmed the roots, and took even one bigger piece from near the top. Below there is a picture of the roots after washing them. I'm going to cut them to smaller pieces when they are still fresh, and dry for future use, when I get more of them.