Borage, also known as starflower, is an edible ornamental and medical plant, the praises of which have been sung by some of the most famous herbalists in history. John Gerard’s Herball includes –the saying Ego borago, gaudia semper ago, meaning ‘I, borage, bring always courage’. And, according to Pliny the Elder, when borage leaves and petals are put into wine, it ‘makes men and women glad and merry, and drives away all sadness, dullness and melancholy’. With such commendations, it’s no surprise that the Blue and White Flowered Mix variety has became a favourite in modern mixology, being used to garnish cocktails such as the gin-based Pimm’s Cup.
Packet contains 50 seeds.
HOW TO GROW
SOWING Indoor Feb-Mar Outdoor Apr-June
TIMING Germination 7-15 days Harvesting 50-70 days
SPACING When sowing 3-5 cm; Depth 3 cm When thinning 10-15 cm
GROWING Sunligth Full sun to partial shade Soil Well-drained, light and moist soil Watering Regular, moderate watering Feeding No fertilizer or compost addition is necessary
CARING Expert tip Do not fertilise because this will promote leaf growth and suppress flowering. Dead-heading or picking the flowers will prolong blooming.
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