Borage

Growing Guide

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Where to plant

Sun/Semi Shade/Mostly Shade (borage tolerate shade so without sun you can still grow them)

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Sow depth

1cm

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Space between seeds / seedlings

45-60cm

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Row space

45-60cm

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Size of pot needed (width / depth)

90cm2

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Seedling Sow Depth

1.5cm

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Best practice

Directly sown

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Germination (days)

5-10

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Maturity (days)

60

How to Grow

How to grow video guide
From seed

Fertilize the soil.

Grown from seed, borage can be started indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost or direct seeded just after the danger of frost has passed.

Plant the small, black seeds just beneath the surface of the soil and thin seedlings to at least one foot apart.

Sow seeds directly.

For sowing large areas keep spacing plants 30cm apart, and between rows 20cm.

The seeds sprout within 5-10 days.

Continue watering until seeds are established.

From seedling

Plant seedlings outside during spring (the spring after you planted the seeds) Place the plants in full sun to partial shade in well-draining soil.

Follow spacing instructions.

In a pot

Choose 30cm deep pot of any shape.

Fill with potting mix.

Sow seeds, cover with light layer of potting mix.

Position in full sun.

Water well.

Ensure potting mix is moist until the plants are established.

Feed every 3 weeks with Plant Food.

Ready to harvest

Harvest when flowers open.

Pluck the flowers and put in salads for a delicious, healthy and beautiful addition

Collect seed

If you want to collect seeds to give away or plant elsewhere in the garden, pick them off the plant when the flowers begin to wither and brown.

The seeds can be stored for at least three years

When to Grow

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Zone 1 - Cool

January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September , October , November , December

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Zone 2 - Temperate

January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September , October , November , December

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Zone 3 - Subtropical

January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September , October , November , December

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Tips for Care

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Continous harvest at regular intervals encourages new growth.
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Tender leaves can be harvested for salads.
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Bees love borage, so avoid using any chemicals.

Since it can grow year round, this is a great addition to bee and insect lovers looking for flowers to feed through Winter.
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Borage anuuals (borage that grows year round) can tolerate frost, and will eventually sprout in spring.
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Trim back occasionally to keep plants tidy and upright.
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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

Pests & Problems


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