Seeds - Art Pack - Borage (Organic)
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Description: Easy-going and full of cheer! Borage flowers taste like fresh cucumber. Flowers freeze nicely in ice cubes for an excellent drink garnish. Bees love Borage, making it a great companion to vegetable and fruit plants.
Artwork by Donna Sharrett. The intricate hand stitches in this flower mandala echo the fine hairs, curled buds, and true blue purity of borage flowers. Through an artistic and mathematical approach, Donna uses embroidery to celebrate the power of this healing herb.
Size: 100 seeds per pack
Latin Name: Borago officinalis
Alternative Names: Star Flower, Bee Bread, Talewort
Main Uses: Culinary, Edible Flower, Companion Plant, Ornamental
Zone Hardiness: Annual, Reseeding (Blooms in 5 - 6 weeks)
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 45 - 60 cm (17 - 24 inches)
Flower Color: Blue (opens pink, then turns blue).
Flowering Time: All summer
Germination: 5 - 7 days at 21° C.
Sowing Indoors: Sow 4 weeks before last frost date. Plant 3 - 5 seeds per pot in peat or coir pots to avoid disturbing the roots at transplant.
Fertilizing: For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Planting Depth: 1/8”. Push firmly into soil.
Planting Out: Transplant hardened-off seedlings to well-drained garden soil after last frost date.
Plant Spacing: Space 12” apart.
Outdoors: Sow in late May once all chance of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Direct-seeding outdoors is the preferred method for Borage as it has a taproot that does not like to be disturbed.
Seed Spacing: Sow seeds 6” apart and thin to 12” apart.
Note: Borage is best planted (seeded) directly into the location where you intend to grow it.
Growing in Containers: Only very large containers, such as half-barrels. Borage requires lots of space to thrive.
Fertilizing (Containers): If container-growing, add 25% quality compost and fertilize biweekly with a balanced organic fertilizer or use Jobes organic fertilizer spikes.
Watering (Containers): Water deeply when top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Check every day or two during very hot weather.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Not suited to mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed amended with compost. No additional fertilizer is required.
Watering (Garden): Water new transplants regularly to establish roots. Once established, water deeply as required.
Beneficials Attracted to this Plant: Bees! Borage is a wonderful way to attract this critical pollinator. Bees will increase yields on your vegetable and fruit plants.
Garden Companions: Considered a great companion plant for tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, melons, and squashes.
Harvesting: Harvest flowers as they open. Young leaves can be harvested for fresh use.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.