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‘Bocking 14’ Russian Comfrey
Symphytum x uplandicum Highly recommended as a companion plant for orchards. Makes an excellent addition to the compost pile as it is rich in silica, nitrogen, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. Use as mulch or turn the leaf into compost tea for your garden.
Clusters of bell-like magenta-purple flowers dangle above the deep green bristled foliage. Easy-to-grow vigorous plant demands space and if the roots are disturbed can be very invasive; be careful where you plant it and control with regular harvest.
Russian comfrey is thought to have a higher pyrrolizidine alkaloid content than the species. It is generally recommended to use Symphytum officinale when making herbal medicines. Plant 24" apart in well-drained soil, sun or shade. 24–48" tall. Our stock is MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
745 ‘Bocking 14’ Russian Comfrey
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers.
Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.
Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.
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About planting bare-root perennials.