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Growing Borage

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Below are general guidelines for growing borage including plant height to enable you to plan exactly where to place them when growing amongst other plants.


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Plant Height

Up to 60cm/2 ft 

Where to Sow

Outdoors in small pots/seed trays or directly in the ground in a dry sunny position. 

Sowing time

Any time during the growing season. To ensure a continuous supply, sow at 4-weekly intervals.

How to Sow

Thinly. Cover lightly with compost. 

After Germination

Thin to 3 plants per pot when the plants are about 12mm/1/2" tall. This is most easily done with a pair of tweezers.

Growing on - 
in Pots

Once the plants are established with a good root system, divide into separate plants and pot each up into 15cm/6" pots. 

Growing on -
in open ground

Once the plants are established with a good root system, divide into separate plants and transplant  to  30cm/12" apart. 


Pick blooms as they open. Not suitable for drying. 


Adds a cool cucumber-like flavour to summer drinks. The flowers and young leaves may be used to garnish salads. dips, and cucumber soups

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