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Comfrey Root Cuttings For Sale

Jon Paddy


Joined: Feb 14, 2012
Posts: 52
    
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I just harvested some comfrey root cuttings for a couple people in my community, and to my delight discovered that I have many more to share! If anyone is interested, let me know. I probably have between 2,000 and 3,000 available cuttings.

I'm asking $0.40 apiece, with a minimum order of 50. Shipping will be $5 regardless of quantity ordered. If you are interested in a large order and want to work out a reduced price feel free to email me.

I grow bocking 4 and bocking 14 varieties organically. Proceeds will be spent helping me and my family be more self-sustaining!
Teri Bersee


Joined: Feb 27, 2012
Posts: 2
Jon,

I am interested in at least 60 comfrey root cuttings - - do you still have them?

Thanks, Teri
Jon Paddy


Joined: Feb 14, 2012
Posts: 52
    
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I still have both bocking 14 and bocking 4. Which are you interested in? Feel free to PM me and we can work out details.

Thanks,

Jon
Joe Skeletor


Joined: Jan 04, 2010
Posts: 102
Location: Northern Illinois - zone 5b
could you explain the bock 4 vs. bock 14 ? From what I remember reading, one of them is sterile and the other will seed like crazy. Is this correct?

I might want to get some of these from you for my apple orchard. I'll keep in touch
Joe
Jon Paddy


Joined: Feb 14, 2012
Posts: 52
    
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Joe,

Neither bocking 4 or 14 will produce sterile seeds, the others do though. Some folks have said that bocking 4 does produce viable seeds, but I've read from commercial producers that it doesn't, and mine don't.

Bocking 14 has more allantoin, which is of medical significance. If the plants were going to be used for medicine, this is the most potent variety. It is a little more shallow-rooted, which is fine in an irrigated environment (so the roots are in the irrigated zone), but this variety is more drought susceptible. When you figure on growing/harvesting comfrey, around 80% or 85% of the leaf mass is water - that's a lot of water to pull from the soil!

Bocking 4 is more drought resistant, with deeper roots.

Both produce similarly provided adequate nutrients and water.

I'd read up on root depth of the two varieties (I don't have dimensions, just the relative length), and figure out which is less likely to compete with your apple trees for moisture. With all the leaf produced, comfrey could act as a wick to draw up soil moisture and have it evaporated/harvested, and no longer available for your orchard. I'm going to be using bocking 4 in my deep-soil orchard, in hopes that it digs down below the tree root systems.
Joe Skeletor


Joined: Jan 04, 2010
Posts: 102
Location: Northern Illinois - zone 5b
Jon,

Thanks for all of the info! One last thing I need to make sure is that it is hardy to zone 5b. I'll write you back soon about getting some. Possibly both varieties, but I'll leave the 14 out of the orchard. Thanks again-

Joe
Teri Bersee


Joined: Feb 27, 2012
Posts: 2
Jon - what does "PM" mean? Anyway, that tab is not there when I log in, so here's what I need: Bocking 4 - - we live in Ohio 43566 if that helps you figure shipping costs.
Thanks! Please tell me what else you need, and how I can get it to you without broadcasting all my info all over - I don't usually do this social media stuff. LOL
Jon Paddy


Joined: Feb 14, 2012
Posts: 52
    
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Joe: Sounds good, let me know what you're interested in. Another thing to consider is that comfrey very slowly spreads, so I tend to put it places where that won't be a problem and I have it contained by perennial landscape. The plant only spreads an inch or two a year, but if you're planning a 20 or 30 year orchard that's significant. Also, the leaves are a bit scratchy, which is great because deer/slugs/rabbits leave them alone, but I wouldn't want a field of that a few feet tall growing under my fruit trees. Would make shorts-weather maintenance a bummer!

Teri: PM means private message. Go ahead and email me instead at projecturbanhomestead@gmail.com. I use a USPS flate rate box (just over $5), and can cram about 100 cuttings in it. Go ahead and email me your address and how many you are interested in and I can get them to you. Regarding figuring out your spacing: Literature suggests that the highest yields are highest with the plants at 3 foot spacing with constant weeding around them (people recommend chickens). I plant mine at one foot spacing so they crowd out neighboring weeds. Overall yields per acre are less, but not less than if if it was a weedy field at 3 foot spacing.

Thanks,

Jon
Jon Paddy


Joined: Feb 14, 2012
Posts: 52
    
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From "Russian Comfrey"

Comfrey is very vigorous, and should not be grown among an orchard because of both nutrient and water competition. It is very winter hardy (I searched on google and got different answers from zone 0 to zone 5). Since it's a russian based plant, I'm guessing it would be fine, but look into it and see if you can find someone mentioning growing it in a colder area than you live.

Good luck!
Jon Paddy


Joined: Feb 14, 2012
Posts: 52
    
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An amazing resource for comfrey can be found for free at:

http://www.soilandhealth.org/01aglibrary/01aglibwelcome.html

Hills, Lawrence D. Russian Comfrey: A Hundred Tons an Acre of Stock or Compost for Farm, Garden or Smallholding. London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1953.

Joe Skeletor


Joined: Jan 04, 2010
Posts: 102
Location: Northern Illinois - zone 5b
Jon,

Thanks for the extra info. Also, I've read in both of Michael Phillips books (The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard) that he plants the outer edge of the trees canopy with herbs including comfrey. I'm guessing you just don't want them growing right up next to the trees. Either way, my wife also wants some for our herb garden, so I will be PM'ing you soon. Cheers -Joe

Josh Wells


Joined: Feb 21, 2012
Posts: 20
I bought cuttings from Jon and have to say he was great to deal with. Also bought last year from Horizon Herbs and while I have no complaints about their product they increased my shipping charge by quite a bit after I had already placed my order which I wasn't very happy about. Just thought I would share my experience.
Alan Gronquist


Joined: Mar 19, 2012
Posts: 1
Hi Jon Paddy, I am interested in buying some comfrey root cuttings from the bocking #4, sterile seed Russian comfrey. My e-mail address is: alangarygronquist@gmail.com
charlene Anderson


Joined: Mar 23, 2012
Posts: 1
I'd love some cuttings! I think maybe the 14, but not real educated on the different types. I use it mostly to make poultices for strained tendons, sore muscles, etc...
Let me know what I need to do!
charlene.d.anderson@gmail.com
Jon Paddy


Joined: Feb 14, 2012
Posts: 52
    
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Comfrey is all sold out! If you want me to put you on the waiting list for next year let me know. I'll definitely be expanding my comfrey garden to keep up with demmand. I hope you all have excellent comfrey gardens! If people need commercial sources for comfrey, send me a private message or email and I'll make sure you are taken care of.

Jon
Anne Flatmo


Joined: Apr 04, 2012
Posts: 10
Hi jon, New here. Was searching online and came across your posting for comfrey.
I would like around 100 of the 14 if you still have them. Let me know Thank you
Denny Isaacs


Joined: Apr 13, 2012
Posts: 1
He's now out of bocking #4, but this place has it.

http://www.coescomfrey.com/Coes_Comfrey___General_Information.html
Ryan Absher


Joined: May 09, 2012
Posts: 28
Location: Northeast Alabama, Zone 7a
A bit off topic, but since he is sold out I suppose it's ok. Does anyone know how long comfrey root cuttings stay viable without planting?


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George Lee


Joined: Mar 15, 2011
Posts: 526
Location: Athens, GA/Sunset, SC
Ryan Absher wrote:A bit off topic, but since he is sold out I suppose it's ok. Does anyone know how long comfrey root cuttings stay viable without planting?


I'd imagine several months.. Cool, dark place.


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vrinda devi


Joined: Jun 14, 2012
Posts: 2
Hullo jon paddy- I need comfrey cuttings #4 & 14 if you would put me on your list. I am near Hilo Hawaii. Is it possible to send here ? My email is omtatsatcarolyn@yahoo.com
Thanks, vrinda devi
leeta song


Joined: Jun 25, 2012
Posts: 1
Hey Jon,

I would like to buy some Comfrey Root and was wondering you could add me to your list.

Ellen Smith


Joined: Jul 22, 2012
Posts: 3
Hello Jon - Do you still have comfrey available for purchase? I would like to buy some - Thank you.

Ellen
ken wilson


Joined: Jul 03, 2012
Posts: 3
I am interested in buying some when available...........
Ellen Smith


Joined: Jul 22, 2012
Posts: 3
Hello - I would like to buy some comfrey cuttings. How do we arrange this?

Ellen
Ken Grunke


Joined: Oct 14, 2012
Posts: 35
Location: SW Wisconsin zone 4
    
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I have several stands of healthy comfrey that need thinning, the time is ripe for digging before the ground freezes. Not sure what strain they are however. Maybe a picture will help, I took this yesterday: http://i.imgur.com/orTYX.jpg

I'm in zone 4, SW Wisconsin.

Willing to go with the same price as original poster, no minimum order. I'm not sure what a "piece" consists of though.


http://www.dreamtimevillage.org/
http://www.token.crwoodturner.com/
Ken Grunke


Joined: Oct 14, 2012
Posts: 35
Location: SW Wisconsin zone 4
    
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My comfrey has been confirmed as being Russian, which I understand to be Bocking 14.
ken wilson


Joined: Jul 03, 2012
Posts: 3
Ken Grunke wrote:My comfrey has been confirmed as being Russian, which I understand to be Bocking 14.


I am interested please pm me with contact info in case you didnt get my pm.

Thanks

Ken Grunke


Joined: Oct 14, 2012
Posts: 35
Location: SW Wisconsin zone 4
    
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OK PM sent.
I am not positive if I have Bocking 4 or 14, I only know it's Russian Comfrey.

I have lots, and rather would spread it around to more than just one person. Honestly do not know how to charge for fresh dug comfrey root, will need some guidance here. I have only dug up two clumps of thickly rooted comfrey, here's a few pics of it:

http://www.crwoodturner.com/token/dreamtime/comfrey/
ken wilson


Joined: Jul 03, 2012
Posts: 3
Ken Grunke

Wow, what an amazing shipment of Comfrey roots I received. I have already planted 70 and have hundreds more to go. You are truly awesome. Thank you so much! I have been waiting so long to find someone with this quality of comfrey roots. You sir are awesome.

Thanks so much

Ken
Ken Grunke


Joined: Oct 14, 2012
Posts: 35
Location: SW Wisconsin zone 4
    
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Ken, I am happy the box got to you safely. Time is running short for us here, we are getting lows in the upper 20's so if anyone needs comfrey roots there is still time to dig. I'll be digging next spring also.

I am asking $5 a pound plus shipping, no minimum. I was able to fill up USPS's largest flat rate box with a bit over 10 lbs of root. There are about a dozen good sized roots in a pound. I can ship a small package First Class if anyone wants, if it's under 13 oz total weight.

Thanks Ken!
Angela Andrews


Joined: Nov 13, 2012
Posts: 1
John, do you still have any comfrey root cuttings for sale?

Thanks!

Jon Paddy wrote:I just harvested some comfrey root cuttings for a couple people in my community, and to my delight discovered that I have many more to share! If anyone is interested, let me know. I probably have between 2,000 and 3,000 available cuttings.

I'm asking $0.40 apiece, with a minimum order of 50. Shipping will be $5 regardless of quantity ordered. If you are interested in a large order and want to work out a reduced price feel free to email me.

I grow bocking 4 and bocking 14 varieties organically. Proceeds will be spent helping me and my family be more self-sustaining!
Tim Wright


Joined: Dec 02, 2012
Posts: 1
Good day, I'm also interrested in some cutting of comfrey. I came here looking for appropriate planting depth. Can anyone speak to how deep they find their roots in the soil?


You rock.
Angie Clark


Joined: Jan 08, 2013
Posts: 2
I to am interested in root cuttings of the Comfrey. Please let me know if you will have any this year. Thank you
Raine Bradford


Joined: Sep 24, 2011
Posts: 42
Location: West Fork, Arkansas
    
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Ken Grunke wrote:Ken, I am happy the box got to you safely. Time is running short for us here, we are getting lows in the upper 20's so if anyone needs comfrey roots there is still time to dig. I'll be digging next spring also.

I am asking $5 a pound plus shipping, no minimum. I was able to fill up USPS's largest flat rate box with a bit over 10 lbs of root. There are about a dozen good sized roots in a pound. I can ship a small package First Class if anyone wants, if it's under 13 oz total weight.

Thanks Ken!


Hi Ken! I am looking for some comfrey root! Probably around 5 pounds, maybe more. Will you have some this spring? Thanks!
Ken Grunke


Joined: Oct 14, 2012
Posts: 35
Location: SW Wisconsin zone 4
    
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I don't feel right about hijacking someone else's thread for my own gain so this will be my last post here - yes I will have lots of comfrey roots available soon as the ground thaws enough to dig, please PM me for details. Thanks!
Joan Fassler


Joined: Feb 23, 2013
Posts: 4
Hi Jon,

If you still have some bocking #14 roots , you can put up 60 cutting for me My email is fassler4@hotmail.com.
I'll take some of the bocking#4 as well, if you have any to spare in the spring. Thanks
Jon Paddy


Joined: Feb 14, 2012
Posts: 52
    
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Hello all! I had another great comfrey harvest this year, and some of you have already gotten a hold of me about acquiring some. There is plenty bocking 14 left at a price of $0.50 a piece. Let me know if you are interested! I am expanding my plantings of boking 4 this year so none is available, but let me know if you want to be on the list for next year.

Happy gardening!
Harry Watt


Joined: Mar 27, 2013
Posts: 1
Hi Jon-

How can I get in contact with you as I am interested in some comfrey roots?

Harry
woodmanwatt@gmail.com
j snow


Joined: Apr 05, 2013
Posts: 1
Hi, I would like to get some #14 comfrey cuttings as well.
Jon Paddy


Joined: Feb 14, 2012
Posts: 52
    
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There is still pleanty of comfrey left, and I will be expanding my comfrey garden next year to have both bocking 14 and bocking 4. I hope everyone's comfrey is working out well for them!
 
 
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