It wasn't as easy as buying a packet of seeds though. I wanted the Russian variety of comfrey called "Bocking No. 14" which doesn't grow true from seed, it has to be grown from root cuttings. That meant buying some roots online.
I'd been given some recommendations of places online to buy comfrey roots, but ultimately I decided to support a "little guy" and buy them from Rise and Shine Rabbitry.
...two months later I remembered the comfrey! I opened the box, expecting to find dried-out roots that I desperately hoped would revive if I soaked them in water overnight before planting. The roots were packed in a plastic shopping bag which was wound tight and taped shut. Another bag inside that one was also tightly wrapped and taped. Inside that one, a packet of still-damp newspaper enclosed the large brown roots, with white shoots growing from the ends. Those roots had thrived inside their damp, dark package for two months and were full of life and vitality!
I did soak the roots in water for about ten minutes and wrapped them in paper toweling overnight before planting them, just in case. I still haven't figured out the perfect place to plant them - you would think that I could decide on a spot somewhere on our forty acres, wouldn't you? But I don't want those errant cows to wipe out the patch before it's well established.
Comfrey doesn't like containers, it prefers to thrust its roots deep into the soil. Those long roots bring up minerals to ground level, which makes them accessible to shallow-rooted plants and is one of the advantages of growing this plant. But I planted them - temporarily - in a metal tub near the herb garden because they needed to go in the dirt immediately. This way I can keep an eye on them as they grow too. I'll transplant them later to another place - or several places. Yes, two patches might be a good idea, don't you think?
|The wire top keeps my dogs from digging in the dirt.|
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