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Living Mulches Orchard Companion Collection
Living Mulches Orchard Companion Collection
Living Mulches Orchard Companion Collection

Living Mulches Orchard Companion Collection

Plant living mulches in the orchard to produce large quantities of organic matter that can be cut back annually and left to decompose around the base of your trees, enriching the soil for years to come. Plants in this collection are MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. Z3. Contains 2 of each variety for a total of 6 bare-root crowns.
  • Achillea millefolium Yarrow Living mulch and native pollinator plant. Rich in copper, nitrogen and phosphorus. Aromatic pest confuser with bitter aroma. Excellent addition to compost piles. See full description.
  • Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot or Bee Balm Living mulch. Beneficial insect attractor. Native pollinator plant. See full description.
  • Symphytum x uplandicum ‘Bocking 14’ Russian Comfrey Beneficial insect attractor, mineral accumulator and living mulch. Rich in silica, nitrogen, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. Use as mulch or turn the leaf into compost tea for your garden; makes a mineral-rich foliar spray. Nearly impossible to eradicate: plant it where you want it forever, 4-15' from tree trunks. (root cuttings)
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Herbaceous Medicinals

These plants have long histories of traditional medicinal use. It’s up to you to educate yourself about the safety and efficacy of using plants for medicinal purposes. The statements in our catalog regarding traditional medicinal uses of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA. The plants we sell are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Plants may take a year or more to establish before they flower; roots often take several years to reach harvestable maturity.

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.

For more info:
About planting bare-root perennials.