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Gran's Garden Seeds

Comfrey, True Comfrey Seeds

Comfrey, True Comfrey Seeds

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True Comfrey Seeds, (Symphytum officinale) 

Minimum 10 seeds, Perennial, Open Pollinated, Non-GMO, Heirloom. 

The beautiful comfrey plants are the first perennials in my garden that grows so nicely in early spring. It produces black seeds by the middle of April here in North Texas.

Comfrey is the organic gardener's best friend. Its leaves are full of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium - all nutrients needed by growing plants. They say if you master the use of comfrey you will never need to buy expensive fertilizer again.

Comfrey has been used as a healing herb for centuries. If you are interested in comfrey as a medicinal herb you need to research all the information on it first. There are some warnings on the usage of this herb plant.

Comfrey is a great plant to use in the garden. I tear off the leaves and shred them to add to my garden beds to give nutrition back to the soil plus you can make a comfrey garden tea for your plants by filling an old trash can about ½ full with comfrey leaves, add water to almost the top and let it sit for about a month. It will stink to high heaven but it really is a great fertilizer. I just dip my watering can in the trash can, fill it up and then apply the garden tea to each plant.

It grows approximately 60 inches tall and it is a beautiful tropical looking plant. It has slender lance-shaped leaves and produces bell-shaped purple flowers that bloom from May to September. Comfrey, even when grown from Comfrey seed, has a deep root system with thick dark-colored roots. Comfrey may have violet, pink or creamy yellow flowers and pollinators love this plant when in bloom. The form and size of the Comfrey herb might have you thinking it is a shrub, but it will die back to the ground in the winter and it does not get woody. Comfrey has a deep tap root, so it is extremely drought tolerant and a useful clay busting plant. It is also useful as a slug and snail repellent.

Leaves can be harvested and dried at any time. If you are growing it to harvest the leaves, you can make your first cutting when the plants are about 2 feet tall. Cut back to within a few inches of the crown. If you begin harvesting early, you won't get flowers or seeds The comfrey plant does reseed easily. I have had it show up in other places in my garden but no big deal, I just pull it up while it is small and add it to my compost pile. You can mulch with comfrey it helps retain moisture and protect beneficial soil organisms. Comfrey mulch decomposes quickly, which activates soil microbes. This can protect your soil and help prevent erosion.

USDA Zones: 4 - 9
Height: approx. 60 inches
Bloom Season: Late spring through summer
Bloom Color: Purple
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Rich organic soil
Temperature: 60 - 70F
Average Germ Time: If germination does not occur after
14 - 21 days, a cooling period of 2 - 4 weeks is recommended. Note: I do not place my seeds in the refrigerator, I plant them in the spring and the germination rate is very good.
Depth: 1/8 - 1/4 inch deep
Sowing Rate: 1 - 2 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds lightly moist until germination occurs
Plant Spacing: approximately 36 inches

Update 4/15/2024 

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