Growing Borage - Benefits and Instructions


Benefits of Growing Borage

  • Medicinal- All parts of the borage plant contain medicinal properties, although the flowers are most commonly used. Borage has been used to treat eczema, arthritis, stress, PMS, ADHD, asthma, fevers, cough and depression.
  • Nutritional Profile - Plant based source of omega fatty acids and antioxidants.
  • Use in: Cut flower arrangements, tea, tinctures, poultice, salads, steamed.
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Growing Instructions 


Sun Exposure: Choose a full sun location. 
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil. Optimal soil temperature for germination: 21°C 
Moisture: As your borage is growing and getting established in your garden, water it at least every few days to keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Once the plant is mature, you can allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
Planting: Direct sow in April and May. Borage develops a delicate taproot, so it’s best direct sown where it is to grow. Borage does not transplant well.
Spacing: Plant 1 borage plant per square foot of growing space using Square Foot Gardening Method.  Or plant in rows 24 inches apart.
Sow seeds: Sow seeds 1/2" deep



Pick fresh flowers for freezing or drying for bouquets. Cut the fresh leaves during the summer to add to salads or spreads.


Dry borage leaves and flowers to use in teas or tinctures. Spread freshly picked leaves and flowers on a cookie sheet or newspaper but leave space for air circulation.


Tomatoes, cabbage, squash, strawberries

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