Borage Seeds


Borage Seeds

These bright green plants with toothy leaves produce star-shaped light blue flowers with pink highlights. Pick the flowers and add a light cucumber flavor to salads or sandwiches or eat them right off the plant for a refreshing snack. You can also freeze them with water in ice cube trays to make a very unique and beautiful glass of flowery ice water that tastes similar to cucumber water. This annual plant grows to a height of about 18 – 30”.

Approximate amount of seeds per pack: 40

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When to Plant in Spring:

  • Earliest Planting Date: 2 weeks after Average Last Frost
  • Latest Planting Date: 5 weeks after Average Last Frost
  • Length of Planting Window: 3 weeks
  • To find your Average First or Last Frost, click here and type in your zip code.

Planting: Sow seeds ¼ – ½ inch deep.Thin plants to stand 10 to 12 inches apart.

Care: Direct sow for best results as borage establishes a large taproot. DO NOT TRANSPLANT.

Harvest: Flowers can be picked as soon as they begin to bloom. Eat raw in a salad or dry for later use.

Special Instructions/Tips: Grow as a companion plant as borage repels japanese beetles and tomato hornworms.

Germination: 7 – 14 days

Days to Maturity: 50 – 80

Preferences: Moderate water, full sun, well-draining soil (will perform well in poor soil as well)

• Native to Syria, borage has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries.

• Repelling ‘bad bugs’ and attracting good ones, such as bees, borage is a great friend to gardeners.

• A great source of vitamin A, important for eye health.

Borage Lemonade
Borage simple syrup
1 cup lemon juice plus zest of lemons
2 to 3 cups cold water or to taste

Directions: Make the borage simple syrup with the lemon zest from juicing the lemons. Pour the lemon juice and the cooled borage simple syrup into a serving pitcher with ice. Add 2 to 3 cups of cold water and taste. Add more water if you would like it to be more diluted (though note that when the ice melts it will naturally dilute the lemonade). If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.

Borage Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar (or ½ sugar and ½ honey)
Lemon zest
½ cup borage flowers and leaves

Directions: Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the borage. Let steep for at least 1 hour and strain through a fine-mesh strainer. Let cool.

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