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Growing Comfrey in Pots

Comfrey will grow in pots (at least 3 gallon), containers such as plastic tubs, or 5-gallon plastic buckets but they do better when not grown in a pot. They have deep roots so prefer growing in the garden where they get more nutrients.

The containers need drainage holes in the bottom. Add fertilizer to the potting soil. Comfrey especially likes nitrogen. Take care of your comfrey the same as any potted plant.

"The True Comfrey that I ordered earlier is now potted and doing well. I had kept it in the fridge for about a month, but it did not seem to suffer any ill effects. Thank you!" -Cat, Augusta, Kentucky

The second photo is from Cat.

"I will have a large 10 gallon pot, filled with compost, some local dirt, and composted manure, waiting for it for its first home. Then when it grows bigger in a couple months, I will have ready it's permanent place in the ground ready for it. I hope it does as well as I feel it will. I have been gardening for years and still wonder why I have not heard of this wonderful plant before, and it's wonderful uses in the garden." -Arthur, Breckenridge Hills, Missouri

The photo on the right is Russian Comfrey #14.

"Such happy little plants! Been trimming it back several times to keep it small in the pot till spring." -John, White Cloud, Michigan



Hardy Comfrey in Containers

"I wanted to share with you the great experience I have had with your comfrey roots that I ordered from you last year. We are trying to establish a mini-farm, and I was not able to plant the roots directly into the ground so I opted for some 3-gallon planting containers. They were there a lot longer than I wanted them to be but they grew big and tall."

"Well weeks went by, and I realized that my raised beds were not going to be in place before the winter so out of desperation I just planted some of these comfrey plants into the clay soil in front of a barn under construction with 6 plants still left in their containers."

"Winter came, with lots of traffic around the barn, and all the rain, snow and freezing cold weather. I am happy to report that when March arrived, ALL the comfrey plants were wonderfully brought back to life and are THRIVING. Thank you for a truly hardy and wonderfully useful plant."
-Soilfully, James Chapman, Judson Farm, Culberson, NC







Comfrey in Grow Bags at 25 Days

"I started them all in a raised bed and then moved them to four gallon grow bags because we are about to move to a new home, and I do not want to leave these behind. I will get them in the ground by the end of the month.

The True Comfrey sprouted 2 out of one root so I split it, they are both doing good just a little shorter as they were about half the size of the single when I split them. They all are growing nicely."

-James, Broward County, Sunrise, Florida


Cultivation of Comfrey; Medicinal and Food Uses for People and Livestock, Volume 2
by Nancy Shirley, Chapter 34: Care of Plant Overview and How to Propagate, pages 372-373

"If you need to temporarily store root cuttings in a bag or box, it is much better to have the roots too dry than too wet. Roots that are too wet quickly rot. Roots that are too dry can last days or weeks depending on how dry it is and on the size of the root. Of course, planting sooner is always best.
For storage of several months, one method is putting whole plants, with the leaves/stalks cut off, in slightly moist sawdust and/or peat moss mixture at 35 to 40 F (1.6-4.4 C) degrees.
The ideal is a temperature-controlled storage room of the type used by farmers who grow vegetables and perennials. Or you could store them in a root cellar."

“Temporary and New Comfrey Beds: Root cuttings are a great way to plant out large areas of Comfrey. The cuttings should be grown on in small pots with 50% compost, 50% river sand mix, kept moist, and planted out in the spring as soon as the first leaves emerge and the soil has warmed. If you are planting large numbers of root cuttings, you can plant directly into the beds by creating 'nests' in the straw, adding two cupped handfuls of the above mentioned potting mix and plant the cuttings into this. Keep them moist like a wrung out sponge, and the success rate will be very close to 100%.” -‘Comfrey: Its History, Uses and Benefits’ by Paul Alfrey, Permaculture Magazine: Earth Care, People Care, Future Care; Hampshire, England, www.permaculture.co.uk, March 3 2016. (Both of these methods can be used if you can’t plant to a permanent location right away.)

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