Growing Borage

Borage is a plant with a purple flower that can be used as a herb, for decorating the garden or for tea.

Borage is an annual plant grown for its leaves and the oil from its seeds. It is native to the Mediterranean but is grown in many different continents.  Its leaves are not the most appetizing appearing things ever, but they taste quite nice, especially when young.  The leaves do best when added to a strong flavored creamy sauce, such as mayonnaise, or added to a drink during the summer.

How To Grow Borage

Borage grows best in well-drained, light, sandy soil. Ideally, you should grow borage from seed in its final position. It can be transplanted but it does not take to it well. Borage tolerates all forms of frost-free weather.

Sow seeds in either spring or autumn for flowering in the opposite season. Sow 2 inches (5cm) deep and thin to 2 feet (60cm) apart as they grow. Plant away from other herbs.

One of the great things about Borage is how quickly it grows. Expect it to be full grown in 5-6 weeks.

Borage will self-seed if you let it. If you wish to prevent this, make sure to cut back the flower heads. Similarly, do not put old flower heads on the compost heap or you may end up spreading borage seeds around the garden.

growing borage

Growing Borage in Containers

Borage cannot be grown indoors. It can be grown outdoors in a large enough container such as a half wine barrel.

Harvesting Borage

The flowers can simply be picked. They can be used fresh, frozen or dried out. Seed can be collected and stored in a air tight, dark container for planting the following season.


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