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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/19/2014, 4:00 pm

I know some of us have touted the virtues of comfrey on occasion in different threads here on the forum, but I really believe it should have it's own topic so it will pop up on a search. 

Today I was dividing my comfrey to give some to a friend and thought I would do some refresher reading up on it.  I found this great website:

http://gentleworld.org/the-wonders-of-comfrey/

I also realized while I was reading it the reason why I'm getting 2 completely different results out of 2 boxes I built & filled this year at the same time with the same MM - I had laid huge comfrey leaves over the cardboard bottom of one of the boxes before loading in the MM.  The plants in that box are ridiculously healthy for a first year box What a Face ...unlike the 2nd box which is barely limping along and probably won't produce before frost.

Next year I'll try comfrey tea in my perennial gardens to see how it works.

If any of you have any experience with comfrey I'd love to hear about it. Very Happy

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Re: Comfrey

Post  southern gardener on 9/19/2014, 7:29 pm

I'm curious too!! We planted a couple of plants a while back. Can't wait for them to get big enough to harvest some leaves off of!!

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Post  Marc Iverson on 9/20/2014, 12:33 am

I grow a single leaf I got from the school garden this last spring. It's in a six-inch pot in partial shade and has neither thrived nor died. I had heard how tough comfrey was and that it would survive if I buried the leaf base and let it grow roots. I've never checked for roots. I have no idea if it will survive the winter or really what to do with it to make that happen besides perhaps cover it.

Sometimes it looks pale and worse for wear, sometimes better. Comfrey seems unusually hard to find as either seed or plant, so I'm hoping this one doesn't kick the bucket. I'd like to use the leaves as green manure someday.

But so far, it's just the same old leaf sticking up.

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Post  camprn on 9/20/2014, 6:55 am

The leaf thing is a myth, mostly. You do need a root portion for good quick results. Don't plant it where you may someday want to plant something else as it can be difficult to get all the tap roots when is is pulled out.

It's a great healing herb.

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Post  plantoid on 9/21/2014, 5:14 pm

The leaf dies down in  winter when it's frosty  , so if you leave it in the pot and it sprouts next year you'll know it can be propagated from leaf cutting ..usually if the leaf stem was torn off the main plant and had a growth node or two on it.

 As said though a decent root cutting of it about an inch to three inches  long taken from the outside of the crowns roots will soon take in warm moist conditions.
 
The smallest sized bit I've grown is about a 1/4 off an inch cube taken from just below the soil level immediately  below the greenery of a leaf .

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