Growing Borage
Sets The Genie Free

Growing borage is not a mystery yet it is full of surprises as to what it's good for. It's like a genie in a bottle. Set it free and every wish will be your command. Well, at least a great many of them will be. But first we must learn how to grow borage and from seed. After that it will take care of itself.

Blue Borage

Growing Borage From Seed

The shape of the seed is just delightful. I just want to break into story telling when I see something like this.

They are shaped like little bottles, they can be kept up to 8 years, and yes they do have a genie inside that needs setting free.  I promise!

What to do:

  1. Sow in Spring after the last frost or in Autumn.
  2. Plant a single seed in a pot of potting compost about a ¼ inch deep.
  3. If you are planting outside keep the seed about 12 inches apart.
  4. Cover over lightly and sprinkle or spray with water until compost is moist.
  5. Place in a warm, light place to grow.
White Borage

The seeds will germinate in 2 weeks more or less and within 2 months a full grown plant, but they will not sprout during the dormant season not unless you plant them indoors in warm conditions.

Borage keeps flowering for months with bright blue blossoms. There is a white cultivar also but the blue is stunning.

If you sow in Spring you will get flowers through summer right into the Autumn, and if you plant in Autumn your flowers will bloom in Spring, I cut mine right back getting rid of dead stems and before long it had pushed up sturdy fresh stems and flower buds.

Because it's self-seeding it should come up plentiful early next year. I placed a potted plant in a raised bed where I want them to grow permanently so hopefully enough seeds will have spilled over and embedded in the soil saving me the job of sowing this Autumn. In fact, I may have to pull some up but there are plenty of local schools where they will find a welcoming home.

This Genie Grants Food
and Good Health Benefits

So what is in the bottle? Health and happiness! Borage contains high concentrates of calcium, potassium and minerals. In history it was reputed to give courage and lift the spirits. (1.) The seeds contain Gamma Linolenic Acid which can ease pre-menstrual tension and help skin disorders. (2.)

The benefits of growing borage for food means you can eat all the parts excluding the roots. Leaves, stalks, and flowers are all edible. The leaves and stalks taste like cucumber and the flowers are sweet. Add borage to salads, soups, drinks, ice cubes, candies and cakes. But you will be at war with the bees. They love it too!

References:

  1. The Complete Book of Herbs by Lesley Bremness pg. 53
  2. How To Grow Herbs by Ian Thomas. pg.25
  1. HerbHints
  2. How to Grow
  3. Borage the Star flower

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