Looks like I'm a little behind answering questions, below are my responses:
Jon Paddy wrote:Bocking 4
>More vertical, deep root structure
>More spreading, shallow root structure ideal for areas of shallower soils, shallow water tables, or growing in large pots
I hate to be 'that guy' but could I ask where this info comes from? I thought I was pretty well-read on these 2, but haven't come across this at all.
Jon's Response: My conclusions came both from my personal observation, and that of other modern comfrey farmers. I'm pretty sure I also read about it in the following book (which is free!)
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.
How long do the cuttings last before they need to be planted?
Jon's Response: They can last for months, but I recommend ordering them when you are about to plant. You can get a hold of me to put some on hold if you like.
Do I still have bocking 14 left? I'm also curious to know if comfrey attracts deer, and or rabbits?
Jon's Response: I only have a few bocking 14 plants I am keeping just in case, but am only selling bocking 4. I don't have wild deer or rabbits in my area, but my domestic rabbits love comfrey! I've heard of people saying that it is deer resistant, but I don't know from personal experience.
I still have a decent supply. I have a couple large pre-orders that I need to get through, so orders larger than 50 wouldn't be available for a few weeks so I can make sure I can meet people's needs who have already gotten a hold of me.
The best way to get a hold of me is to send me a PM if you are interested, and we can sort out the details. Thanks for your interest in comfrey!
Hi everyone! I have a good supply of bocking 4 plants, and am phasing out of the bocking 14 variety. I found that the much-more-vigorous bocking 4 variety was better suited to all my needs (herbal medicine, animal feed, mulch/fertilizer). I have medium/large roots for sale for $0.85 apiece, or small roots available for $0.60 apiece, and shipping is $6 per approximately 100 cuttings (I fit in as many as I can into a small flat-rate box). The larger cuttings are best for applications where the cuttings need to get established more quickly (because someone wants quicker results, or irrigation is not consistent). Both sizes result in plants that produce leaf cuttings the first year in my Seattle, WA location, and after a year or so you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the plants grown from the different sized cuttings.
I typically sell comfrey in the early spring, or early fall to areas where there aren't substantial winter freezes. What is your climate like? If you expect winter freezes it may be best to wait until spring so the plants can be well established before winter. Also, they are more difficult to establish during the summer (have to keep the root cuttings moist).
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about raising or using comfrey. Good luck with your gardens this year!
I sell the roots, actually pieces of the roots that are more than large enough to grow a plant, for $1 ea. normally, plus shipping in a priority box. Small size Priority shipping boxes at the PO cost $8.45 and medium boxes cost $15.50. I can fit about 15 or 20 roots in a small box, probably 50 or 60 in a medium box. You can do a search and find posts from people that have received roots from me for review if you like.
If you have any silver dimes, they are worth approx $2.00 right now, quarters are worth almost $5. I prefer real money, like silver, so if you would like to, I will send you 4 roots for every silver dime, 10 roots for each silver quarter. You pay for the USPS box of whatever size.