COMFREY FOR SALE
We offer large and small root cuttings, crowns, and started plants.
We only ship roots and crowns.
Plants are only sold locally as the shipping cost is very expensive. We can ship plants. Because of their size they are shipped UPS ground ask for a shipping qoute if you are interested.
We have a 20.00 minimum order.
Our Comfrey season begins late April early May and ends late September early October. This is all subject to the weather here in Maine.
THE 2017 SEASON IS HERE!
We are now digging and shipping for 2017. We have a backlog of orders so your order may take a week or two before shipping. We will email you with tracking and arival date when shipped.
Orders over 100.00 we will offer free shipping untill June.
Email us for orders at email@example.com
SMALL ROOT CUTTINGS are 2.00 each
These are about 3 to 5 inches long and thinner than a pencil, these take the longest to sprout but are the best buy. These are best planted in spring and summer.
LARGE ROOT CUTTINGS are 5.00 each
These are 2 to 4 inches long and about as thick as a pencil and thicker. These will start faster than the small cuttings. These can be planted in spring summer and early fall.
CROWNS are 10.00 each
These are part of the plant when divided, and will usally have green sprouts out of the top. The green sprouts may die when planted but will grow back. These are your best bet if you are looking for comfrey ASAP. You can plant these spring summer and fall.
PLANTS are 10.00 to 15.00 in pots. These are sold only locally at this time.
SHIPPING we only ship roots and crowns. We always add extras on shipped orders to help with shipping cost (we usually send more extras than the shipping cost). Shipping is usually only 7.15 in a small USPS flat rate box this depends on quantity ordered. We only ship in the USA.
We try to dig orders on the weekends and ship out on Saturday or Monday so you should receive your order on Monday to Thursday. They should be planted and kept well watered as soon as they are received.
We take PayPal, checks, and Money Orders.
Please email to find out availability and place order firstname.lastname@example.org
Comfrey is a large perennial herb, a member of the borage family, native to Europe, were it grows prolifically wild in damp places such as river banks. It has MANY! uses for medicine, livestock food, or even an organic fertilizer in the garden.
We only sell Russian Comfrey, The Blocking 14 strain.
All types of Russian Comfrey cultivars Bocking No. 1 through Bocking No. 21 are botanically known as Symphytum uplandicum or Symphytum uplandica. They all are a natural sterile hybrid, not a GMO! They spread by roots not seeds. Russian Comfrey will not overtake your gardens.
Several different strains were developed during the mid-20th century. The Bocking 14 strain has the highest concentration of allatoins and proteins of all the comfreys.
In the 1950s the organic pioneer Lawrence Hills (founder of the organization now known as Garden Organic) developed a strain of Russian comfrey named Blocking 14 which is sterile and will therefore not seed itself all around the garden.
To propagate it root cuttings, and crowns are taken. It easily roots and grows very quickly. Wherever you grow it don’t ever expect to eliminate it as its roots system is very hard to kill, and why would you want to kill this awesome plant!
It is used for a livestock feed, many uses in the Organic garden, and many other medicinal uses.
Comfrey’s deep tap roots mine the soil of nutrients, filling its leaves with minerals such as nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, along with calcium and iron.
Comfrey leaves contain more Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus than most homestead manures or garden compost. They have a low fiber content, so as they readily decompose they don’t rob the soil of nitrogen, when laid on the surface or dug in.
A post and YOUTUBE videos from Rise and Shine Rabbitry will be out soon, on lots of comfrey information and the many uses on the homestead.
Here is a link to the Comfrey post – Comfrey- The homesteaders gold mine
GROWING COMFREY TIPS-
When you receive your roots or crowns these must be planted ASAP! We ship them wrapped in damp paper sealed in plastic bags to keep them fresh and ready to plant. But when you recive them open them up so they can breath. If you can not plant right away plant temporally in pots or buckets untill you can.
Comfrey is a sturdy adaptable plant that is able to withstand drought conditions thanks to its deep root tap. But when first planted it must be kept well watered until the roots grow deep. Each year, the plant will get larger with the root system growing denser.
Because it is so adaptable to its conditions, a comfrey plant will survive for decades with regular watering and lots of sunlight. It will help to prune the large leaves near the base of the plant this will promote blooming.
Comfrey is a very fast grower, reaching heights up to 5 feet quickly. Because it reaches this height so quickly, it requires a good amount of nitrogen. By mixing some type of organic matter, such as compost, bunny berries or green manure, in the soil this will give the plant plenty of nitrogen to thrive.
If you are growing several comfrey plants, give the plants enough room to thrive. Space root cuttings or crowns about 3+ feet apart when planting.
When planting roots you can start them in pots or raised beds, when you see the sprouts you can plant them to the area you want. I plant them horizontally about 1 to 2 inches deep. Plant deeper in sandy soil and shallower in clay soil. These can take up to 8 weeks to sprout above ground. Roots will even overwinter and sprout the next growing season.
When planting crowns just plant them up to the base of the growing green sprouts that are growing out of the crown base
Comfrey has very few problems with pests or diseases.