Comfrey is one of the most useful and versatile plants you can grow – it’s easy to care for, a tremendous pollinator attractor, a highly effective fertiliser, a feed supplement for many animals, and has potential health benefits for humans too. Every garden, allotment, and smallholding should have a comfrey patch!
Bocking 14 comfrey
We only grow and sell the comfrey variety Bocking 14. This is a sterile, non-spreading strain of comfrey, developed by Lawrence Hills. It will only spread via cuttings, unlike wild comfrey and some other russian comfrey strains which will spread rapidly by seeding and root creep.
Cultivation and care
Comfrey is easy to grow, and you will receive full planting and care instructions with your order. Comfrey root cuttings should be planted as soon as possible, ideally into pots of compost or soil, at least 2 inches in diameter. This ensures that the cuttings get the best possible start, minimising the risk of adverse effects from soil-borne pest or diseases. Keep moist and apply a liquid or pelleted nitrogen feed regularly.
Once established in their pots, with healthy new leaves growing and at least 2 inches long, plant out into their permanent location, leaving at least 3 feet between plants.
If you are unable to raise the cuttings in pots, plant out directly and keep weed free.
Comfrey plants will reach maturity in 18 months from crown cuttings, and up to 2 years from root cuttings. Top dress regularly with manure, the plants will absorb high levels of nitrogen and grow rapidly.
We’ve been growing comfrey for over 20 years, from foundation stock purchased from the HDRA in 1999. We are a certified grower, inspected annually for plant health, and authorised to issue plant passports.