In the September Orchard

20 September 2013
Written by Kath Irvine | Images by Kath Irvine
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I can post you out 10 comfrey root cuttings for $9.50, including postage. If you live rurally add another $2.60. Email your order to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Comfrey is a very special plant with so many uses. It’s the ultimate companion plant for fruit trees. The long tap root mines minerals to the topsoil and opens heavy soils. The dense clump of foliage keeps weeds away from the base of your fruit tree and moisture in over the summer, then come autumn all that nutritious foliage dies down returning all those goodies to the soil. 

Comfrey also makes a super liquid feed, is fab for the compost pile, as mulch or beneath your potatoes. Animals benefit from eating it - especially chooks. Medicinally it’s a very effective drawing poultice.

Do take care at planting, where you put it there it stays! It’s reputation as a thug is well deserved. However the pro’s far outweigh the cons, so manage its spread with intelligent planning. Boundaries like roads and driveways will keep it in check, as will animal runs or paddocks, and mowing strips. Regular harvesting will slow the spread down alot. Come up with a cunning plan. 

To plant the root cuttings simply poke a hole where you want it, pop the cutting in and fill with compost. Lay wet newspaper on top and mulch. Keep the newbie weedfree and moist for its first summer and then you’re away - it’s left home and independent. It’s better to plant a group of cuttings together rather than spread them thinly (everyone does better in a community.) Steadily increase your comfrey by taking new root cuttings in spring each year. 

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