Anyone have some True comfrey in the area they would like to sell, I bought some seeds that are taking awhile to sprout and some shoots that I didn't protect and they became squirrel treats. Looking for a bunch of shoots and don't mind buying them. They multiply a lot it sounds so if you want to cash out on some let me know and we can meet up.
I know it isn't exactly what you're after, but I did just get some root crowns from Horizon Herbs recently. Their prices are reasonable ($3 for 1, $2 each for 6 and $1.50 each for 20) and the crowns really are as "generous" as they claim - most were around 5 inches or so. I ended up cutting some to plant a total of 10 (I think) from my order of a half dozen. Should send up shoots soon with the spring rain we've (finally) been having, we will see how they do.I ordered the Bocking 14, but they do have True Comfrey as well.
Thank you! That will work perfectly, can't drive anywhere for the cost like that. I will call today. Planted some seeds but they were too deep and they rotted. replanted the rest but this will help me get a start earlier in the growing season.
Location: Central KS, Zone 6a. Summer High 91.5F (avg), Winter Low 17.5F (avg). 35.7" Annual Rain
John my experience last year growing comfrey from seed was that although I got pretty good germination, the young seedlings were fragile and indeed got browsed to death by everything, including small rodents that climbed into my pots. I only had two plants survive to the fall, and one of those was just a four-inch spear (the other had half a dozen full sized leaves by first frost.
For me the true glory of these plants waited until the second year. The larger plant took off early this spring, exploded out of its tire planter, and is now two and a half feet tall and has already flowered. The smaller plant is still in its pot but it's 18" tall and flowering.
I think you're on the right track to buy some crowns for this year. But if you do get any seedlings, baby them along and don't despair if they stay tiny the first year.