How to grow Borage plant

Borage plant grow and care – herbaceous leaf plant of the genus Borago also known as Borago officinalis or Starflower, Borage plant annual, edible plant for the leaves and flowers, also used as ornamental or as medical plant, the plant attract pollinators, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical or temperate and growing in hardiness zone 2-10a and with the right care in hardiness zone 10b.

Borage edible leaves and flowers

Leaves edible color green in oval shape to full mature leaf have like hair on it

Flower edible in the color blue, pink or blue-purple in star shape with 5 petals attract pollinators

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How to grow Borage plant – growing and care:

Well drain soil, rich soil

How to care:
add humus and fertilizer in the beginning of the season

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed (explanation)

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No and usually it’s self-seeding

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Can bloom without to fully developed and stay dwarf

Planting season:
Spring possible from plant in summer or autumn to winter in hardness zone 10b

Pests and diseases:
Mealy bugs

Pruning season:
All season

How to prune:
Recommend to prune just dead part

Size of the plant:
40-90 cm, 16-36 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade (in hardiness zone 10b better in half shade or else will bloom fast and won’t developed well)

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
No

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container, size 5-10 liter (1.3-2.5 gallon), average amount of water, keep the soil moist with good drainage and better that water go out of the pot, better not to use bottom for the pot, soil need to be well ventilated with good drainage, rich with organic matter, can us in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
Blue, pink or blue-purple flowers in star shape with 5 petals attract pollinators

Pollination is done by:
Bees +

Uses of Borage plant flower:
Salad, cooked, beverage

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
Spring / Summer

How to harvest the leaves?
Recommend to rim young and tender without the stems

Information about leaves:
Green leaves in oval shape to full mature leaf have like hair on it

Uses of Borage plant leaves:
Salad, cooked, beverage, medical

How to grow Borage plant from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Better temperatures 20-25C (68-77F), moist soil

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark location in refrigerator

Sowing season:
Spring or autumn in hardness zone 10b

How to plant:
Plant it in moist soil

Planting spacing:
20*30cm (8*12 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
0.5-1cm (0.25-0.5 inch)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, humidity, full sun

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Germination time:
2-4 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Rich soil, moist soil and at least half sun

Do the seeds require burying?
Yes

Chilling hour’s requirements:
under 5C at least one month

Scientific name:

Borago officinalis

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