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Post  SQWIB on 1/3/2018, 10:21 am

I know this thread is for seeds but couldn't find a thread for cuttings

Does anyone have any Comfrey Cuttings they are willing to trade for some seeds?
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Comfrey and Snow!

Post  littlejo on 1/3/2018, 2:56 pm

I would be happy to send some comfrey (roots of this are best to send) but, I will have to wait til it quits snowing! Yes, its snowing in the Charleston area.
My comfrey was still green and growing yesterday. It does well in frost. I cut leaves and put around plants that may need a little boost, and it makes a very good compost ingredient.
It's supposed to be in the 60's next week, so maybe then.
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Post  SQWIB on 1/3/2018, 3:42 pm

@littlejo wrote:I would be happy to send some comfrey (roots of this are best to send) but, I will have to wait til it quits snowing! Yes, its snowing in the Charleston area.
My comfrey was still green and growing yesterday. It does well in frost. I cut leaves and put around plants that may need a little boost, and it makes a very good compost ingredient.
It's supposed to be in the 60's next week, so maybe then.
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Wow, that would be great, Let me know about some type of reimbursement and it's No rush, I guess I can put it under my grow lights till spring. Do you know what cultivar it is. I'm a little nervous bringing in a True Comfrey.
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Post  littlejo on 1/3/2018, 5:48 pm

I'm not sure of the name, I used to have both but 1 died off. This 1 blooms a lot, but does not propagate by setting seeds, etc. More plants may grow form the roots, but you can always give them away!
1 note: comfrey does not do too good in SFG because it sends it's roots deep to collect nutrients for the leaves(fertilizer)
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Post  SQWIB on 1/5/2018, 4:20 pm

@littlejo wrote:I'm not sure of the name, I used to have both but 1 died off. This 1 blooms a lot, but does not propagate by setting seeds, etc. More plants may grow form the roots, but you can always give them away!
1 note: comfrey does not do too good in SFG because it sends it's roots deep to collect nutrients for the leaves(fertilizer)
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Thank-you. This is not for a SFG these will be planted ground level around my yard. I have 4 spots that I want to fill in with something and figured comfrey would be perfect.
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Post  littlejo on 1/5/2018, 7:24 pm

The comfrey has a pretty blue flower.
Will check on the confrey , my strawberries, and other winter growers as soon as the snow melts, maybe Monday.
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Post  sanderson on 3/17/2018, 7:29 pm

Someone sent me some comfrey seeds (terrible record keeping) and they have sprouted!  I will plant them in pots.  How big do they get?  Will 2 fit in a 10 or 12" pot.  Or do they each need their own pot?  Thank you in advance.

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Post  littlejo on 3/17/2018, 8:17 pm

Sanderson,
I did not send you the seeds, but I'll see if I can answer. Comfrey  has a long taproot after it gets full grown. That makes it able to draw nutrients from deep in ground and put in leaves. I suppose 1 per pot til bigger, then it could be put in ground, it will winter over very well. Mine was still green when it snowed, and already has blossoms on 1.
They grow real fast.
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Post  SQWIB on 6/22/2018, 7:14 am

Shout out to Littlejo for sharing some Comfrey, thanks again, it's now the turtles favorite spot.




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Post  Kelejan on 6/22/2018, 12:22 pm

@sanderson wrote:Someone sent me some comfrey seeds (terrible record keeping) and they have sprouted!  I will plant them in pots.  How big do they get?  Will 2 fit in a 10 or 12" pot.  Or do they each need their own pot?  Thank you in advance.

Comfrey grows up to three feet tall.  When starting to grow in the spring, it can be cut right down and the leaves are good for the compost pile with all those nutrients  from deep in the ground. It regrows quickly.  I have had access to a dozen comfrey plants just down the road from me and usually I harvest twice, then let them grow to flower and seed. The plants are on city property, that strip of land fronting houses that the householder has right of way so as to gain access to his/her property. 

Unfortunately for me, the hose that is above the property has been sold and the new occupant is stripping all the wild vegetation on this land and is going to make it well-groomed and pretty. so there will go "my" comfrey.  I must go and check on the wild part of my garden and see if the comfrey I planted there has survived.
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Post  No_Such_Reality on 6/22/2018, 8:21 pm

I'm intrigued to try comfry but a bit cautious given my recent experience with borage. I wanted borage.  Tried to grow borage. I failed.  Then...  Borage grew.  I let it grow. Into a big bold plant four feet high and six feet in diameter.

I took seeds and transpalneted where I wanted them, they're growing. Ive also been pulling borage out of my SFG every week.  And pulling from by the compost.  And pulling it from the lawn.  And pulling it every where I walked when carrying the cuttings to the compost or going to make the cuts.

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Re: Comfrey

Post  OhioGardener on 8/12/2018, 5:22 pm

@No_Such_Reality wrote:I'm intrigued to try comfry but a bit cautious given my recent experience with borage. I wanted borage.  Tried to grow borage. I failed.  Then...  Borage grew.  I let it grow. Into a big bold plant four feet high and six feet in diameter.

I have had similar experience with Comfrey that you describe with its cousin, Borage.  I have it growing in a fence row of what used to be a pasture for cattle we raised. It has spread several feet on each side of the fence, and is controlled only by regular mowing. The good thing about it, though, is that it is great for Compost Starter and for making Comfrey Tea fertilizer which the peppers and tomatoes love. I originally thought that if I kept it cut down so that it did not go to seed it would not spread. Not so, it spreads by root very fast. Another benefit of it, though, is that the deer can't stand it and won't jump over the fence into our garden area as long as that comfrey is there. Very Happy
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