Borago officinalis

Bourache    Enenene   Borraja   Boratsch

Crop Rotation Group :Miscellaneousburage

Soil :Any average, well drained soil.

Position : A sunny spot where bumblebees and other large pollinators are desired.

Frost tolerant : Seedlings will survive light frosts, but older plants are easily damaged.


Helps: Almost everything, especially beans, strawberry, cucurbits (cucumber, squash), fruit trees, tomatoes and cabbage
Helped by:
Predatory insects, honeybees
many pests, tomato worm


Sow and Plant :Plant the large seeds in your garden in late spring. A fresh crop of plants can be planted in late summer for bloom in the fall.

Germination:  days

Spacing : Single Plants: 1′ 1″ (35cm) each way; Rows: 11″ (30cm) with 1′ 11″ (60cm) row gap

Feeding : Not generally needed.

Harvesting :Borage seedlings are only edible when very young. Large plants produce edible, starry blue flowers that attract bees in droves. The foliage can be gathered and composted.
Cut back borage plants by half their size in midsummer to encourage reblooming. Blossom clusters make beautiful but short-lived cut flowers or edible garnishes.

Time to harvest: days

Troubleshooting :Beware of sleepy bees when pruning or otherwise working with mature borage plants.

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