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Newby here; I had several comfrey plants going great on a mini hugel and they have all vanished this winter? Will they come back or do I need to dig them and move them?

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Where are you? How was the winter? What makes you think it’s lost?

I haven’t had much experience seeing animals digging up my comfrey. It’s a *very* resilient plant and better known for difficulty getting rid of it than not making it. Might just need to wait a bit more.
 
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I've never lost one yet.  Mine are already sending up new leaves that and we still have snow and below freezing weather.  Where are you located?
 
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Out of 50 + comfrey plants, I haven't lost one plant.  It grows like an alien.  I have the stuff come up from one-inch chunks, parts thrown on a compost pile, etc.   I would be you will have comfrey as spring heats the ground up.
 
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I am zone 7 (maybe b) in north alabama on top of hill ~750 elevation. It surprised me because the first two years they went gang buster. Maybe the cold winter did get them due to being raised an not enough mulching.
 
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danny doud wrote:I am zone 7 (maybe b) in north alabama on top of hill ~750 elevation. It surprised me because the first two years they went gang buster. Maybe the cold winter did get them due to being raised an not enough mulching.



We got -40F this winter and all of mine came up.  I wouldn't be concerned about the freezing.
 
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I am also in zone 7, elevation of 337 ft. I have a lot of comfrey! I have discovered that it can drown in a soggy spring location. I also have a too well drained spot that killed another during our seasonal drought. So, it is not indestructible.

While most of the ones I expect to emerge have already grown to 6" in diameter, one just put forth a singlet tiny leaf this week. I would wait a couple more weeks if I were you, give them a little more time.
 
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I have no patience, one has come up again, there is hope. Thanks all for chilling me out...
 
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Danny,

I know this feeling well.  When I first planted comfrey, it got soaked and withered and then eventually came back and now it thrives.  If your comfrey got off to a good start last year, I would be surprised if you could kill it.

hang in there,

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I suggest waiting a little more. They are hardy plants. Most of mine have been up for a couple weeks but several more have sprouted within the past few days.
 
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