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Comfrey: A Must-Have Plant for Every Farm

Variety: we offer the Bocking 14 type, which is sterile and won't become invasive

Comfrey, belonging to the Borage (Boraginaceae) family, is a remarkable plant that should grace every farm due to its myriad benefits:

  1. Soil Enrichment: As dynamic accumulators, comfrey plants are adept at enhancing soil health.

  2. Beneficial to Pollinators: Their pink/purple flowers are beloved by pollinators and other helpful insects.

  3. Agricultural Uses:

    • Companion Planting: It's a champion at drawing nutrients from deep below the ground, making it an excellent companion for fruit trees.
    • Biodynamic Tea: Fresh leaves can be transformed into a biodynamic tea, promoting plant vitality and growth.
    • Enriched Compost: Incorporating fresh leaves into compost piles results in nitrogen-rich compost.
    • Feed: Fresh leaves are also nutritious feed for ruminants, pigs, and chickens.

Strategically, plant comfrey near the kitchen door for easy access and in areas where downspouts saturate the ground. They're also beneficial around animal pens.


We offer various propagation methods: root cuttings, crown divisions, and rooted cuttings in 3" pots. While both types mature to full-size plants within a year, crown divisions have a slight edge in growth speed and survival rate. If you adhere to our instructions, we guarantee a 90% survival rate for root cuttings. Here are some planting tips:

  • Space them at least 2 feet apart.
  • Optimal conditions include rich, medium-moisture soil with either full sun or partial shade.
  • Enhance growth by applying composted manure during planting or around the plant during its growth cycle.
  • For root cuttings, prepare a 1-foot square weed-free area, fertilize with compost, bury the cutting in the center, and cover with 1-2 inches of soil. Avoid exposing the cutting; allow it to sprout naturally, usually within two weeks. Alternatively, start in a greenhouse and transplant when rooted.


Comfrey is resilient and requires minimal care. They flourish in rich, moist soil and benefit from mulching. After flowering, when the plant wilts, trim it. Use the leaves or place them around the plant to serve as mulch. In temperate regions, this cycle might repeat 2-5 times during the summer. To eliminate comfrey, either deprive it of water or submerge it completely. Tilling or digging might cause new growth from root fragments. For orchard owners, comfrey, with its mineral-rich leaves, complements fruit trees and is traditionally planted one per tree. Mowing is also an option since comfrey regenerates quickly. Annually add compost and balanced fertilizer for optimum growth.

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Non-GMO Commitment: At Growing Farmers and The Farm on Central, all our plants are guaranteed non-GMO and not genetically modified in any way, upholding natural breeding methods and promoting sustainable gardening and farming practices. In addition, this item has been grown at the Farm on Central where we use organic and regenerative growing practices to produce products that are safe for you and the enviroment.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews

Fantastic! Planted following the instructions and within a week the Comfrey is a foot tall. Looking healthy!

Dave Affalter

DON’T know yet ! JUST PLANTED IT a week ago 😏. BUT, It looked OK when I opened it, and I’m sure it will grow OK, AS I have a Plant of the same that I planted about 2 years ago, & it is doing Great, & it is the same RUSSIAN 14 stuff as your’s that you just sent ; even made SALVE from some of it LAST year…

Hi there, Dave! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're glad to hear that your previous experience with Russian Bocking 14 Comfrey was a success, and we hope that your recent purchase will also thrive in your garden. Happy planting!

Karen Lynn

Haven't planted them yet.They're in my refrigerator Is crisper drawer. Waiting till our frost date may thirty first

Hi there,Karen, Thank you for leaving a review for our Comfrey product. We're glad to hear that you have received your bundle and are waiting for the frost date to plant them. That's a great way to ensure successful growth. We hope you have a wonderful gardening season! Happy planting.

Lori West
Comfrey Crowns

I ordered a 3 pack of comfrey crowns - I potted them up immediately and they had pushed out new leaves within a few days! I am very pleased and looking forward to finding them new homes on our property.

Hi there, Lori! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review for our Comfrey crowns. We're thrilled to hear that they sprouted new leaves so quickly for you! We hope they continue to flourish on your property. Thanks again for choosing our product. Happy gardening!

Comfrey Root Cuttings

I received my cuttings in early spring. I cut some of the larger root pieces in two and had 100% success. All cuttings rooted and grew into full-size plants that I further divided in one season.

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for our Comfrey root cuttings. We are so happy to hear that you had a 100% success rate with your cuttings and that they grew into full-size plants in just one season. We strive to provide high-quality products and it's great to hear that our cuttings met your expectations. Happy gardening!