Can you transplant comfrey?
Well, when digging up a comfrey plant, get as much of its root system as possible. You can chop the roots up into pieces (no less than 1 inch'ish) and plant them separately – each one will sprout into its own plant. This is also why comfrey has a bad reputation for spreading throughout your garden and taking over.
How do you split a comfrey plant?
Can you take cuttings from comfrey?
Initially you purchase or beg off a friend either pieces of root or pieces from the top of the plant known as crown offsets. Crown offsets get away a bit faster but root offsets are perfectly adequate. Then cut the root into pieces around 5 to 7.5cm (2″ to 3″) long and plant those out.
How deep do comfrey roots go?
Mineral Dam. The Comfrey has deep roots of up to 2 m that utilize nutrients deep in the subsoil that would otherwise wash away with the underground soil water or remain inaccessible to other plants.
How long do comfrey root cuttings take to grow?
Root cuttings take 1½ to 2 years to grow to the size of a one-year plant. Crown cuttings will make a large one-year plant in 1 to 1½ years.
Can you compost comfrey roots?
Comfrey as a Compost Activator
Cuts of comfrey fresh or wilted can be laid onto the compost heap, layered with the weeds or grass cuttings. Comfrey is so rich that it can be used as if it was manure to activate a slow compost heap.
Can you grow comfrey in the shade?
Although comfrey is tolerant of a variety of growing conditions, I've found it grows best in full to partial sun and in rich, loosened soil. The more compacted the soil is, the more shade it prefers.
What is comfrey plant good for?
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is sometimes used on the skin to treat wounds and reduce inflammation from sprains and broken bones. Comfrey roots and leaves contain allantoin, a substance that helps new skin cells grow, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy.
How do you store comfrey root cuttings?
Comfrey roots and crowns should be planted immediately or kept refrigerated until planted. Never put them in the freezer! Each piece will grow into a new plant.
How do you collect comfrey seeds?
Does comfrey spread by roots?
Many people worry that comfrey will become invasive and spread. Our comfrey does not produce viable seed and stays in place. It will only spread if disturbed because any piece of comfrey root will make a new plant. So any digging or rototilling near comfrey will result in new plants.
What is the difference between true comfrey and Russian comfrey?
The Bocking 14 cultivar of Russian Comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum) is a sterile hybrid that will not self-seed and is extremely robust and vigorous. The true comfrey (Symphytum officinalis) is a bit less vigorous of a grower, has more elongated leaves and (I think) prettier flowers, and does indeed make seed.
What grows well with comfrey?
How do you overwinter comfrey?
Or you can put it somewhere cold that will not get below freezing. It will go dormant for winter, but the crown and roots will survive to grow again next year. You will need to water periodically even when its dormant, possibly about once a month, to make sure the plant doesn't desiccate during winter.
Is comfrey a good fertilizer?
Comfrey is the organic gardener's best friend. Its leaves are full of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium - all nutrients needed by growing plants. Master the use of comfrey and you'll never need to buy expensive fertiliser again.
Is comfrey a perennial?
Comfrey is a herbaceous perennial herb originating in Europe. It has large, hairy leaves and grows in a rosette to 1 m in height. The mauve flowers are bell-like and borne in clusters. Comfrey rarely flowers in subtropical and tropical areas as there isn't sufficient winter chill to induce flowering.
Do deer eat comfrey plants?
Comfrey is a great plant to have outside of your orchard (or garden)fencing. Deer enjoy this plant almost as much as hosta, but they don't eat it to the ground, more as a browse.
Is comfrey good for the soil?
Comfrey is high in just about every nutrient a plant needs, including the big three, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, and many trace elements. Its high carbon to nitrogen value means that it does not deplete nitrogen from the soil, as it decomposes. It becomes a good source of nitrogen.
Is comfrey good for tomatoes?
By harvesting the leaves and letting them break down, you'll have a rich, dark, nutrient-rich plant food to use around the garden. It's especially rich in potassium, making it the ideal feed to promote flowers and fruits in a range of plants, including tomatoes.
Can you drink comfrey tea?
You can also drink dried comfrey root and leaves as tea. Today, eating or taking any form of comfrey by mouth isn't recommended. It's considered unsafe, due to the pyrrolizidine alkaloids that comfrey contains.
Is comfrey illegal in Canada?
The current situation effectively means that comfrey products (except seeds and plants) are illegal to sell in Canada.
Is comfrey good for cats?
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is sometimes used as an herbal medicine for people, but it can cause liver damage when given to cats.
Can you use comfrey on cats?
Comfrey isn't good for cats.