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red russian comfrey versus true comfrey

john muckleroy jr


Joined: Feb 10, 2012
Posts: 40
Location: nacogdoches,texas
which one is best for the homestead and what is the difference between them?


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Leila Rich
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Joined: May 24, 2010
Posts: 3796
Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
    
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Hi John, we don't have 'true comfrey' (Symphytum officinalis) in NZ, but the Bocking hybrids (Symphytum x uplandicum) are common.
Since Bocking's sterile but easily propagates from root cuttings, I'd probably go for that so I could control spread. It's a moot point really, since Symphytum officinalis isn't available to me.
Another thing in Russian comfrey's favour is it's extremely productive in terms of biomass: I can harvest mine at least 3 times a season.
I think Bocking 4 is supposed to be the most nutrient-dense, but Bocking 14's readily available here.
Alice Christine


Joined: Mar 23, 2013
Posts: 2
Where do you get your comfrey? Does anyone know a good source? I am in north GA. Thanks
Alice
Ollie Puddlemaker


Joined: Nov 15, 2012
Posts: 148
Location: Houston, Tesas
    
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Alice Christine wrote:Where do you get your comfrey? Does anyone know a good source? I am in north GA. Thanks
Alice


Alice - Have you looked at these posts...?

http://www.permies.com/t/21142/permaculture/comfrey-seeds-roots

http://www.permies.com/t/12772/resources/Comfrey-Root-Cuttings-Sale


Ollie Puddlemaker
 
 
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