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    jpdw is offline Seedling
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    Default Comfrey wanted !

    Hi,

    Seeing TomatoKings thread on Comfrey usage reminded me...

    I want to get some Comfrey growing to use in the future as feed.

    Questions is, is there a particular comfrey variety that is best for the purpose?
    And what's the best way to 'get' some comfrey? I've seen the likes of T&M sell seeds (but sadly wilco dont seem to). Or is it best to get a small plant - I've never noticed the DIY sheds selling any (probably because they want to sell tomato feed bottles instead). I'm happy to go the seed route but dont want to order seeds if that's not the best route to go down.

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    Hi there, your best bet is to go down the root section route (sorry). Some varieties of comfrey are very invasive & set seeds all over the place. However if you get hold of a variety called Bocking 14 you won't go far wrong. Although it flowers the seeds themselves are sterile so it will be more controlable. The fact the seeds are sterile is also the reason why you will need root sections rather than seed. Unfortunately all the seed companies I have looked at don't have any available at this time of year, however flea bay has loads for sale. In my experience it roots well at most times of the year so if you buy a few sections they should get you started. Most places supply short root sections (maybe just an inch long) so don't be dissapointed as the smallest pieces will usually take root & flourish.

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    It's definitely Bocking 14 you want. I got mine on eBay

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    Loads growing around our site how do I know if its blocking 14 any way to tell. One plot has loads but the peeps wont have a clue what it is as they havent done anything to the plot in 12 months, its full of weeds dont know why they are keeping it they should be kicked off.
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    This may seem stupid but it's all I can think of. As Bocking 14 sets seeds albeit sterile, why not collect & sow a few seeds. If they germinate then it's not 14 but some other variety.

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    I got mine from here but you can't get them until next spring . I got them as roots but it says that they're selling them as plants so not sure. Ebay does have loads also though you don't have the 100% guarantee that it's bocking 14. Your other option is to try and scrounge a few root cuttings off someone. Apparently you can just dig them up, take some cuttings off the root and the old plant will grow back from roots left in the soil. Not tried it myself though.
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    There are one or two folk selling comfrey seeds on flea bay & this is therefore obviously not Bocking 14 & with respect I would suggest jpdw steers well clear of these items. However there are others which appear to be genuine Bocking 14 plants being sold by what would appear to be reputable sellers. This is just a random link which if you read the blurb would appear to be the genuine stuff (Item numkber 160441778251) there are obviously others for sale & as I have no involvement in any of these sales I can only suggest anybody interest in buying anything has a good read of all the sales to ensure they get what they want. As Shadylane has said you might do well to try & scrounge a few bits of root from somewhere.
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    I've never grown or used comfrey, but one of my fellow plotholders has; don't know which variety though. He picks a few leaves and steeps them in a bucket, then uses the liquid to water his veg. All well and good , that's the sort of thing they tell you in the books and magazines.
    But he says that you shouldn't leave comfrey growing in one spot for too long unless you are absolutely certain you want it to stay there. It sends down a long tap root and if you dig it up and leave a bit that has snapped off it will regrow, rather like dandelion but on a larger scale. Says he dug down three feet and still didn't get to the end of it; and he's tried just about every kind of weedkiller without success

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