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No. It's not a great companion for anything as a growing plant because it grows rapidly and takes up a lot of nitrogen and minerals from the soil as it does. Precisely because it does that, though, Comfrey leaves have their uses; they're often used to make a sort of tea (or sludge, depending) to use as home made fertlizer, or as a 'green manure/mulch' ...


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Aparently there are multiple cultivars 1-21 as indicated in this book and mentioned in this forum. The reason Bocking 4 and 14 are usually mentioned and available seems to be that those hybrids are those with the best results. In addition to what John said let me add, the term "Bocking" refers to a village subdistrict, in Braintree district, Essex in ...


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FYI: The comfrey I'm talking about is the kind that doesn't reseed. I'm not familiar with other kinds. I'm pretty sure a very strong and well-established comfrey plant could indeed live through a stampede (or several; daily or a regular basis might be pushing it), since it's the roots that keep them alive. However, in my experience, you can't count on every ...


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Comfrey is an amazing perennial. To even think about potting this plant as a decoration is sad. One of the very few true 'companion plants' that actually work to pot them is selfish? Grins! In zone 4a as a minimum, these plants in buckets will have to be brought indoors or their roots will be subjected to freezing temperatures in winter. Buckets of ...


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Whilst comfrey is good at getting nutrients out of the ground it is a vigorous plant and will compete with the apple tree for water and other nutrients. Not ideal whilst the tree is establishing. I would plant it elsewhere and then compost the leaves and use that to mulch around the base of the apple. As for mowing, established comfrey (give it at least a ...


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Oh dear! Comfrey is very hard to get rid off. The best hybrid to use is named 54 and is sterile to avoid wild spread. The best way to get rid of it is to clear your crops is to use a herbicide. Glysophate application is the best and ‘least dangerous’ as it doesn’t stay in the soil. Please be aware of what you can use in your area. Herbicides should be ...


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Look, I was raised on a wilderness ranch with cattle, horses, sandhill cranes...heaven. No electricity!! 6000 acres a pristine pond/spring where 'Mares Eggs' grew...rare. No ATV'S. We did have a funky Willy jeep to play with otherwise it was all done via horse back. All my life I've raised plants, taken care of other people's landscapes, trained others ...


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