BorageThe Borage has bright blue, star-shaped flowers that explode with blue abundance all summer long, attracting honey bees. In cooking, borage herb is used in many dishes, soups, sauces, and pasta filling. Young leaves can be added to salads, and beautiful blue flowers can be candied, used as a side dish, or added to drinks and teas. Blooming all summer long, it attracts butterflies and bees.
Nowadays, Borage is grown for the oil in its seeds, high in gamma-linolenic acid, an essential omеga-6 fatty acid that plays a crucial role in the growth of skin cells. In addition, Borage is a tonic and rich in minerals, especially potassium.
How to grow Borage from the seeds :
- Sowing: Borage loves well-drained fertile soil, partial shade, or full sun. At the same time, it can grow on poor soil and in arid conditions. For this plant, we recommend only direct sowing. Sоw the seeds after the lаst spring frost, when the soil warms up, to a depth of 1/4" and 12-15" apart in rows of 18". Germination occurs within 7-14 days. Borage is a companion plant for strawberries and tomatoes; it improves pollination, repels pests, and attracts bees.
- Plant Spacing: 12-18″.
- Growing of Borage: Keep the soil moist enough to remove weeds on time. A layer of mulch helps prevent soil contact and leaf decay. When the plant gets too long, tie it up and create support. Remove wilted flowers to encourage new ones to grow.
- Borage Soil Requirements for: Fertile, consistently moist, well-drained.
- Borage Seeds Days to Germination: 7-14 days.
- Light Preference of Borage: Full Sun.
- Life Cycle of Borage: Annual.
- How and When to Harvest Borage: You can start collecting the leaves after the plant has taken root well. Ripening usually takes 6-8 weeks. Small delicate leaves are preferred for cooking since the old ones are covered with thorny hairs. When picking flowers, choose those that are just starting to bloom. You can keep leaves and flowers in the refrigerator for several days, but they lose their aroma when frozen.
- Borage Days to Maturity: up to 70 days
- Borage's Seed Saving: Borage is accessible to self-see if left alone, although the seeds can be easily harvested. Collect the seed heads when they are fully ripe and begin to dry. Spread them out in a place protected from direct sunlight until they are dehydrated. Thresh seeds and remove debris. Store the seeds in a coоl, dry place.
- Latin Name: Borago officials
- Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season|Warm Season
- Life Cycle: Annual
- USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Seeds per Ounce: 1,250
- Planting Method: Direct Sow
- Sunlight: Full Sun
- Height: 24 Inches
- Color: Green, Blue
- Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall
- Bad Companions: Potatoes
- Companion Planting: Basil, cabbage, corn, squash, strawberries, tomatoes, pumpkin, radish, peas, marigold, peppers.
- Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Aromatic