Plant spring, summer
or fall. Comfrey can be planted any time the soil is not frozen.|
has comfrey for sale with yellow flowers, I would like to buy some.
Legendary Herb of Life
in protein: 22-33%. High in vitamin A, C and B-12. Rich in silicon, calcium, potassium,
phosphorus, iron, iodine and more. Very high food value for animals. Used as a
folk remedy for centuries. Known as boneset and knitbone.
be used as compost material for organic gardens. It is very deep rooted so it
mines many nutrients from the soil. The fast growing leaves contain these nutrients.
When you cut the leaves, they quickly break down to a thick, black, fertile liquid
great for your garden.
Rudolf Steiner, father of Biodynamic Agriculture,
lists these 7 plants as being very important on a farm: comfrey, stinging nettle,
yarrow, chamomile, horsetail, dandelion and valerian. Others have added burdock
to the list.
Comfrey is used in Permaculture as a way to have ecological,
sustainable farming systems that benefit the land and people.
Compfrey, Cumfrey): A Hardy Perennial
(Boraginaceae family; Symphytum genus) has large, hairy leaves up to 10 inches
long. It grows 3 feet or taller. The flowers are small, bell-shaped either white,
blue, purple or pink. They start blooming in April or early May and continue to
bloom for most of the summer.
Russian comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum)
is sterile so it will not reproduce through seeds. True Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
does reproduce by seeds.
Comfrey is a high yield perennial that is very
prolific in all climates. It does well in clay, light sands, and loams. It can
be planted at any time of the year that the ground is not frozen.
showy fountain of dark green tender leaves make a beautiful addition to your landscape.
Bees and other beneficial insects love comfrey flowers.
Your Russian comfrey plants will get even taller than those shown with the cat.
grows well in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9. Comfrey does well in full sun or partial
shade. It prefers partial shade and damp soils. It likes fast draining soil.
Plant a crown so it is covered with about 1 inch of soil. If there are little
leaves on it, they can be just poking through. Plant root cuttings several inches
deep with the root sitting horizontally.
Plant Russian Comfrey (Symphytum
x uplandicum) about 2-3 feet apart in each direction. Plant True Comfrey (Symphytum
officinale) and our "Wild" Comfrey about 1-2 feet apart.
is best to dig in well-rotted manure between the rows in the fall or spring. You
will get a lot more yield. Remove flower buds when they appear since they take
a lot of the plant's energy to produce.
If you receive comfrey roots/crowns
and your ground is frozen, fill some gallon or larger pots with potting soil.
Plant 1 or several in the pot. Keep in window inside, or put in greenhouse/coldframe
outside. Keep well watered. If you can't plant right away, you can keep them in
the refrigerator (not freezer) for a few days.
Comfrey is easy to grow
and has few diseases or pests. Harvest leaves from the plant throughout spring,
summer and fall. Do not harvest late fall so the plants can store up energy for
the winter. You should get at least 3 cuttings a year.
book "Comfrey: Fodder, Food and Remedy" by Lawrence D. Hills is highly recommended.
It was published 1976. Mr. Hills is the world's leading expert on comfrey. He
discusses how to properly cultivate comfrey so you enjoy its benefits. The protein
yield per acre from comfrey is almost 20 times that of soybeans. Dairy animals
produce high quality milk. It is high in potassium, Vitamin A and Vitamin B-12.
The book "Comfrey: Past, Present and Future" by Lawrence D. Hills is the
exact same book as the above book. The only difference is that the second book
is a poor reproduction (photocopy) of the first book. The photos are not as good
quality. It was published 2009.
book by Lawrence Hills is the "Comfrey Report: The Story of the World's Fastest
Protein Builder and Herbal Healer" (Conservation gardening and farming series:
Series C, Reprints). It was printed in 1975. It contains "current methods
of scientific culture and recent developments in processing for high protein".
"Russian Comfrey: A Hundred Tons an Acre of Stock or Compost for Farm, Garden
or Smallholding" by Lawrence Hills is an excellent book. It was printed in
London in 1953. It covers the history and use of comfrey in Great Britain. It
is full of information about how to grow and harvest comfrey. And then feeding
it to livestock or making compost. One farmer planted 1/4 acre that provided enough
food for 3 cows and 2 horses.
Unfortunately, none of the above books
are still in print.
sale now: "Comfrey
for Gardeners" booklet.