Jen Fulkerson wrote:I'm glad I planted both. The common comfrey is doing very well. The common comfrey has become a mature plant. It has huge leaves and seems to be doing well. It seems to handle my hot dry area better then the Russian comfrey. I can get away with watering it a few times a week. I hope it will continue to grow and I can grow more in the future. The Russian comfrey is a different story. I thought it got a lot of shade, but unfortunately It got full afternoon sun. It was growing beautifully, so I didn't want to move it. It had about 4 tears of leaves, dark green, a beautiful plant. I had to water it everyday. One day it looked bad and the next it was dead. I don't know if it was a gopher,(I have had a lot of gopher loss this year) or to much sun. I just don't know. I put a shade cloth up and kept watering because the stem looked green, and I was hoping it would regrow. It didn't, but the other day a little leaf emerged. Maybe with cooler weather coming, (I hope soon, but probably not) it will make it to maturity. I can only hope.
Jen Fulkerson wrote:
Now I'm wondering why when people sing the praises of comfrey it's usually blocking 14. Is it because it doesn't seed and you don't have to worry about spreading? Or is it a better plant for other reasons?
Jen Fulkerson wrote:This is what I keep seeing where I have put the comfrey. I keep going back and forth. It's comfrey, it's not. It doesn't look like it is, but it has popped up in several different places I have put comfrey roots. In this pot there is a mint plant, pumpkin seeds and comfrey roots. Nothing else. The pot was newly filled when I got the comfrey. There is rotten wood in the bottom, and some wood chips in the center.
They are the strangest things. They come up white and usually die in a day or so. The only comfrey I have gotten to grow came out as a small leaf. I thought maybe it's upsidedown, but what are the odds that everyone was upsidedown? I just don't know. It's a mystery.