Comfrey grows rapidly from root cuttings. These are Naturally Grown at our nursery. These are a non-seed producing, non-spreading strain of comfrey (Bocking 14) that will not spread via seeds but stays in place, expanding slowly as a tidy clump of plants.
Very easy to grow, simply cut the roots into approximately 2-4 inches long cuttings, put them in the ground 1-2 inches deep around your fruit trees or garden, or you can start them in small plastic pots in potting soil and then transplant later. They take about 2-3 weeks to sprout above ground, sometimes longer. Once started, they grow very rapidly. See our comfrey listing for more information about comfrey.
18 inches of Naturally Grown comfrey root cuttings. These are living, viable plant roots to be planted and not plants. The size of the roots will vary but all will be viable and ready to plant and will produce plants. Sold for planting purposes only.
All of our plants are grown in living soil, without the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. We prioritize using locally sourced materials and offer plants in reused pots as much as possible.
8 high quality Bocking 14 comfrey root cuttings from a reputable, certified UK grower. Includes detailed growing, propagation and care instructions. Price includes 1st class delivery within the UK (excluding Northern Ireland).
We only grow and sell the comfrey variety Bocking 14. This is a sterile, non-spreading strain of comfrey, developed by Lawrence Hills. It will only spread via cuttings, unlike wild comfrey and some other russian comfrey strains which will spread rapidly by seeding and root creep.
Comfrey plants will reach maturity in 18 months from crown cuttings, and up to 2 years from root cuttings. Top dress regularly with manure, the plants will absorb high levels of nitrogen and grow rapidly.
Very pleased with these cuttings that arrived promptly. All 8 have grown into strong plants and I am looking forward to making my own plant feed next year. Excellent instructions to both grow the cuttings and how to use the comfrey.
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Comfrey, the best companion available - Several decades ago, Frank Wood obtained a number of Bocking 14 comfrey plants from Garden Organic and he has been growing them for The Organic Catalogue ever since. Frank has now decided that it's time for a well-earned retirement and this left us with a dilemma as he is the only person with a comfrey plantation large enough to supply the increasing demand for the organic grower's favourite companion plant!
We clearly didn't want to see this amazing plant disappear from the catalogue forever, so Dobies decided to take on the task of establishing our own Bocking 14 plantation down in Devon using mother plants provided by Frank. This exciting move means you will still be able to buy and grow your own plants knowing they originated from Garden Organic, got passed to Frank and are now grown and harvested on a sunny hillside in Devon, ready for you to plant in your garden!
Orders are despatched promptly by post or parcel carrier. Seasonal items such as plants are sent separately with the estimated delivery times stated against each variety both in our catalogue and on our website.
Organic Garden Catalogue strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. While the majority of our nursery plants cope well with slight delays in intransit, sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this for some of our smaller plug products and tender bedding and vegetable lines, which do not respond well to the extra journey time. So regretfully while we offer the majority of our live plant offering nationwide, we are unable to ship plugs, begging plants and tender vegetable plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3.
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Symphytum is a genus of flowering plants in the borage family, Boraginaceae, known by the common name comfrey (pronounced /ˈkʌmfri/). There are 59 recognized species. Some species and hybrids, particularly S. officinale, Symphytum grandiflorum, and S. uplandicum, are used in gardening and herbal medicine. They are not to be confused with Andersonglossum virginianum, known as wild comfrey, another member of the borage family.
The Russian comfrey 'Bocking 14' cultivar was developed during the 1950s by Lawrence D. Hills, the founder of the Henry Doubleday Research Association (the organic gardening organization itself named after Henry Doubleday, who first introduced Russian comfrey into Britain in the nineteenth century) following trials at Bocking, Essex.
Bocking 14 is sterile, and therefore will not set seed (one of its advantages over other cultivars as it will not spread out of control); thus, it is propagated from root cuttings. The gardener can produce \"offsets\" from mature, strongly growing plants by driving a spade horizontally through the leaf clumps about 7 cm (2.8 in) below the soil surface. This removes the crown, which can then be split into pieces. The original plant will quickly recover, and each piece can be replanted with the growing points just below the soil surface, and will quickly grow into new plants. Offsets can also be purchased by mail order from specialist nurseries in order to initially build up a stock of plants.
Folk medicine names for comfrey include knitbone, boneset, and the derivation of its Latin name Symphytum (from the Greek symphis, meaning growing together of bones, and phyton, a plant), referring to its ancient uses. Similarly, the common French name is consoude, meaning to weld together. The tradition in different cultures and languages suggest a common belief in its usefulness for mending bones.
Comfrey contains mixed phytochemicals in varying amounts, including allantoin, mucilage, saponins, tannins, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, and inulin, among others. Pyrrolizidine alkaloids are responsible for comfreys production of hepatotoxicity.Liver toxicity is associated with consuming this plant or its extracts. In modern herbalism, comfrey is most commonly used topically.
In 2001, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a ban of comfrey products marketed for internal use, and a warning label for those intended for external use. Comfrey is particularly contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation, in infants, and in people with liver, kidney, or vascular diseases.
This herbaceous perennial has an amazing variety of uses, from improving soil health, to attracting pollinators, and even fertilizing other plants. It is also a long utilized herbal support for wound healing and treating other ailments.
Cuttings are best transplanted during dormancy, in early spring or fall, though in my experience, mature plants are extremely hardy and can tolerate cuttings being taken at any time during the growing season.
Allow the plant to flower at least once during the growing season, to attract pollinators. I like to cut down different plants at different times so I will always have some flowers blooming in my garden.
To do this, cut plants all the way down, place a thick sheet of cardboard on top of the soil, and cover with several layers of compost, straw, leaves, aged manure, or any other mulch material you have on hand.
*An ideal range of sunlight exposure is between 4 to 6 hours. Afternoon shade of some form will still be useful, as any more than six hours can potentially cook the plants, particularly in states/areas with high spring/summer temperatures.
Comfrey can also be grown indoors, in pots (1 to 5 gallon size) for a continuous harvest of fresh, small leaves. For this purpose best results are obtained by planting two-year or 3-to-4-year plants in the larger pots or 5- gallon buckets.
For best results: Keep your comfrey plantings CLEAN (free of weeds and grass), CUT (monthly cuts bring on new growth) and FED (use organic fertilizers such as manure).Planting Among Trees in OrchardsIn Permaculture, comfrey is often left to grow around trees without cutting. The larger outer leaves will lay down forming a nutrient-rich mulch and ground cover. Leaves can also be cut and scattered around the orchard. However to obtain the highest yield as a crop, it should be kept free of competition from grass, weeds, and tree roots. The plants are then cut when at peak growth and manured. 59ce067264