Overview of Comfrey
Comfrey is the common name given to up to 35 species of plants. Particularly the species and hybrids of Salvia officinale and S. americanum are used in gardens and herbal medicine. This herb is actually native to Britain and extends throughout most of Europe into Central Asia and Western Siberia gradually.
More to love in Herb Comfrey:
- Comfrey has been used as a topical agent to treat wounds, skin ulcers
- Thrombophlebitis, bruises, sprains, and strains can also be treated
- A very beautiful plant to adorn your garden with colourful flowers
Benefits of Comfrey
When applied topically, Comfrey has anti-inflammatory properties that may decrease bruising and speed up the healing of wounds. Combined with other substances that reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy, the roots and leaves of Comfrey contain a substance called allantoin, which helps new skin cells grow.
Comfrey ointments are used for treating bruises, pulled muscles and ligaments, fractures, sprains, strains, and osteoarthritis.
How to sow and care for Comfrey
Among the many ways to plant seeds, you can use moist sand, vermiculite, coconut coir, potting soil, soilless potting mix, or paper towel. After that, you should place it in a baggie, cloth bag, or glass jar. Adding seaweed to your seedlings' growing medium will speed up their germination. This is because seaweed contains growth hormones that stimulate germination.
The damping-off of seedlings can also be prevented. The jar or bag can now be stored in the refrigerator. It is recommended to keep it there for up to 60 days. You can break seed dormancy by creating a winter-like environment. Make sure they don't freeze, though, while they are moist. Follow these tips to ensure they will germinate.
They should be kept in the refrigerator. The soil temperature must reach between 68 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit before you can plant outside. For the best germination results, you should plant your seeds in a greenhouse or sunny window. Maintain a soil temperature of 68 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit while your seeds are in the process of sprouting.
The plant can thrive in a wide range of environments and requires minimal maintenance. Plants will sprout roots left in the ground after being dug up, so if you want to control their spread, grow them in containers or raised garden beds rather than in the ground. Removing the spent blooms promptly will prevent the plant from spreading its seeds.
Note: This Overview is intended as a guide only since cultural practices and climatic conditions may vary.
- Product: Comfrey Seeds
- Sowing Time: Spring, Summer
- Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
- Maturity: 20-40 days
- Height: 30-90cm
- Soil Type: Loamy
- Use: bruises, sprains
- More: Reproductive
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes, Angiosperms, Eudicots, Asterids
- Order: Boraginales
- Family: Boraginaceae
- Genus: Symphytum
- Species: S. officinale
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