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Comfrey

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Comfrey
Symphytum Officinale

days to maturity: 70 days
plant spacing: 1 plant per 2 square feet
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: mealy bugs at the base of plant
harvest notes: harvest leaves from base as needed
perennial

Comfrey species are important and useful herbs in organic gardening. It is used as a fertilizer and as an herbal medicine. The leaves can be made into a compost tea, and also used fresh as a “poultice” to help heal the skin. Comfrey tends to die back when stressed so you may one day find it suddenly missing from your garden however it has a hardy root crown and will spring forth from the ground when conditions are suitable once again. We have a handful of comfrey plants in our exhibition garden and they thrive in partial shade with little to no maintenance. Although people have consumed comfrey leaves medicinally over ingestion can lead to liver failure, so we suggest keeping it around for its myriad of non-edible uses. If you have a food forest consider planting multiple comfrey plants as companions to your fruit trees. Comfrey leaves are used as a living fertilizer in a “chop n drop” method where you just harvest the leaves and lay them around your fruit trees allowing them to compost in place and be of use to the trees. Comfrey is a “dynamic accumulator” which means it uses its powerful root system to find and absorb minerals from the soil and store them in its leaves, which is why it makes such a good living mulch/ source of compost. You can start comfrey from seed or take a mature plant and divide its root crown up and plant the pieces, they will all make new plants.

Materials

All of our plants are produced using OMRI certified organic materials (potting mix, fertilizer & pesticides) however our nursery is not certified organic. Plants are shipped in compostable peat moss pots and we use heirloom & organic seeds whenever possible.

Shipping & Returns

We ship plant orders every Monday. Due to the nature of shipping plants we only offer expedited shipping for our live plant orders. Our returns & exchanges policy is also quite strict since its hard to control the quality of a plant once it leaves our facility, however we do our very best to make sure that each and every customer is satisfied with their plants. Read more about our policies here. 

Size

All of our plants are potted in 4" pots and their foliage size varies based on how large the plant is naturally when its root ball is the correct size for the pot. If a plant is too tall for our shipping box we may prune it to fit (bonus: many plants do better after being pruned since they make bushier growth). We do our very best to ship all of our plants in the "sweet spot" of maturity however so long as the roots have colonized the pot we will consider a plant mature enough to ship.

Care Instructions

When you receive your plant its critical to get it out of its box and into the light the day it arrives. It will also want to be removed from its compostable plastic wrapping and given fresh water to drink. Keep in mind, this plant was grown in the tropical humid climate of South Florida, so if it's terribly cold or dry where you are it'll need to be hardened off before planting outdoors. Visit our care instructions page for more thorough info about caring for your new plant friend.

  • What Our Customers Have to Say:

    This is a great, local organization with really knowledgeable & friendly staff. They make gardening easy and accessible, and I've purchased many high quality plants and equipment from them.
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    How lucky we are to have a resource like Little River Cooperative here in Miami, not only for the access they offer to a great selection of plants and produce, but also for the knowledge they provide and the sense of community they foster!
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