Borage is one of the first medicinal plants we grew, years back. We love the fuzziness of the leaves and the bright blue flowers which attract lots of pollinators. A very attractive plant.
Sold out until summer 2017
Borage self seeds easily and as such, does better direct seeded.
Common name: Borage
Botanical name: Borago officinalis
Type: Self-seeding annual
Scarification/Stratification: Some cold treatment helps germination.
Sow temp/season: Sow in cold soil in late winter.
Sow depth/spacing: 1/2 inch deep and 3 inch spacing in row. 2-3 feet in between rows.
Germination time: 2-4 weeks depending on amount of cold treatment.
Final spacing: 18 inches
Final height/spread: 3 feet tall and 3 ft wide.
pH range: 6.0-7.5
Soil type: Not picky about soil type. But likes good drainage.
Root type: Thick, deep and shallow roots.
Nutrition Some compost after plants are 6 inches is all that is necessary.
Drainage: Needs good drainage.
Water requirement: Low to medium water requirement. More sun, more water.
Sun: At least 5 hours of direct sun a day.
Time to maturity: 80 days until maturity.
Hilling: None needed.
Suckering: Branches profusely.
Propagation: Direct seeding is best. One can start seed in a three inch pot and transplant to final location or into a 2-3 gallon pot.
Hybridization: None to worry about.
Uses: Strong pollinator attractor. Bees love it and the flowers (minus the calyx) and leaves are a good addition to teas in moderation for anti-depression. The seeds are a powerful blood pressure and hormonal regulator. Its claim to fame is its ability to deter the tomato horn worm and Japanese beetle