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How to Grow Borage Plants

Annual, Perennial, Borago Officinalis

Borage herb plants have attractive fuzzy leaves, and droopy, 5-petaled, star-shaped flowers in a bluish-purple color. The plant grows up to 3 feet tall, producing a continuous bloom, all the way to frost. Native to southern Europe and Asia Minor, Borage is a herb that is an excellent companion plant, and has medicinal and culinary applications.

Most varieties are annuals. But, there are some perennials. The flower is edible, with a cucumber-like flavor. Try it in salads, soups, dips, and sandwiches. The flowers are also used in potpourri.

Borage is a great companion plant.


Plant Propagation:

Borage plants are grown from seed. Plant this crop in early spring. Some people use succession planting for Borage, as older plants can get a little unsightly.

Directly Borage sow seeds into your garden. Sow seeds early in the season. It is important not to cover the seeds, as they need sunlight to sprout.

Seed Tip: Pre-chill seeds in the refrigerator for at least two weeks prior to planting.

Borage plants are good self-seeders.

Borage can also be propagated by rooting the cuttings of young shoots.


How to Grow Borage Plants:

Borage is easy to grow. They are cool weather plants, and prefer full sun, but tolerate partial shade. The plants grow well in average to moderately rich soils, Soil should be well drained.

 Borage plants need a constant supply of water. Keep the soil evenly moist over the growing season.

For optimum growth, fertilize once a month during the growing season.

 Plants respond to a heavy pruning. If they begin to get unsightly, just give 'em a trim.


Borage Herbs - the Good Companion Plant

Borage is an excellent companion plant.

Borage deters tomato hornworms. Grow borage around your tomato plants and the hornworms will stay away.

Borage's consistent and prolific flower blooms attracts bees and other pollinators. Place them around Curcubits, like cucumbers, pumpkins, squash, and melons, to increase successful pollination rates.

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Borage Herbs Medicinal Benefits:

Borage herb has a wide variety of medicinal uses, including:

When used in teas:

  • Used to reduce fever

  • Fights depression

  • Relieves diarrhea

  • Relieves bronchitis

When made into a paste:

  • Eases sprains and swelling

  • Relieves skin irritations

  • Reduces inflammation


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