Borage is a quick-growing herb that is easy to add to your garden. Pollinators love this annual herb with beautiful blue flowers. Borage leaves and flowers have a mild cucumber flavor and are a tasty addition to drinks, salads, and more. Learn how to grow borage outside and in containers with these 5 tips.
5 Tips for How to Grow Borage
2. Plant borage correctly
Borage has a long taproot and does best planted from seeds. Click here for 100%Heirloom, non-GMO borage seeds.
Plant borage seeds ¼-½ inches deep, 12-18 inches apart. Keep soil moist until the seeds sprout. Borage grows large, up to 3 feet all and wide. Give plants plenty of room. One borage plant is often plenty.
Borage grows best in full sun, but will tolerate partial shade.
3. Care for borage correctly
Borage is a tough plant and can tolerate some neglect.
Water borage well until plant is established. The more water borage receives, the larger the plant becomes.
Pinch back borage seedlings when they are about 6 inches tall to encourage a fuller plant. Trim borage as desired for size.
Borage does not require additional fertilizer.
Borage reseeds easily. Each borage flower develops into several seeds; harvest flowers before seeds form to prevent reseeding.
4. Harvest borage often
Harvest new leaves before bristles develop for best flavor.
Pick flowers as soon as they appear. Picking flowers often encourages more production.
At the end of the season, leave a few flowers on the plant to save seeds from.
Borage leaves and flowers taste like cucumbers. Use them in drinks, salads, sandwiches, or candied in desserts.
5. Add the benefits of borage to your garden
Borage flowers attract pollinators — bees love it!
Borage may repel hornworms.
At the end of the season, add borage to the compost pile; it makes great mulch and compost.