HOW TO SOW THE SEEDS
Growing Borage is easy. Start seeds outdoors in the spring when all danger of frost has passed, or start them indoors three to four weeks before the last frost. Borage only takes about eight weeks to mature, so you can succession plant all summer long as long as you have eight weeks before the first frost. Just keep in mind that it will bolt and go to seed more quickly in hot weather. Borage seeds should be planted 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, so you can either poke a hole and plop in a seed every 12 inches, or take the easy route and sprinkle seeds on the soil. To start indoors, sow one or two seeds per seed cell, and cover with soil. Water the soil carefully so as not to disturb the seeds.
CARE AFTER GERMINATION
Borage requires even regular water until established. Once established the soil can dry out between waterings. Borage does not require feeding; avoid soil rich in nitrogen or plants may not bloom. Fertilize with compost tea or a dilute solution of fish emulsion to give flowering plants a boost. Pinch back plants when 6 inches tall to encourage bushiness. You can prune back borage by one-half in midsummer; this will encourage new tender leaves for late summer harvest. Borage is an annual that will die back in freezing weather. In mild-winter regions, borage may survive the winter to flower again next summer.
SOME TIPS AND TRICKS
Sowing the seeds every four weeks will ensure a ready supply of borage flowers. The leaves may be picked at any time and used fresh. Dried leaves have little of the characteristic flavor so the plant is best consumed after harvest. Leave the flowers alone if you are hosting a honeybee colony. The blooms produce excellent flavored honey.
Note: Information provided for guidance only, as cultural practices and climatic circumstances vary.
- Sowing Time: February to April.
- Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
- Maturity: 55-75 days
- Height: 18 to 36 inches
- Spacing: 12 to 24 inches apart
- Temperature: 20 degrees Celcius
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