How to Grow Borage Seed


Borage (Borago officinalis) is an annual herb that flowers in shades of blue and lavender. Once an important source of food and medicine, it is primarily grown in the residential landscape as an ornamental. The leaves of borage are edible and are generally used in the same manner as spinach. The flowers attract bees and butterflies, so horticulturists at Penn State University suggest planting borage near strawberries or other plants that need pollinators. It is best to start your seeds directly in the garden as the seedlings do not transplant well.

Step 1

Prepare the planting bed by digging 6 inches into the soil with the gardening fork. Turn the soil as you dig and break up any large clumps of dirt. Choose a site that receives full sun.

Step 2

Add a 3-inch layer of compost or well-rotted manure to the soil and use the gardening fork to mix it with the soil.

Step 3

Water the planting area to a depth of 3 inches and allow it to drain completely.

Step 4

Set the borage seeds on top of the soil, 12 inches apart, and sprinkle a light layer of soil over them--no more than 1/4 inch.

Step 5

Water the seeds just enough to keep the soil moist. The seeds should germinate within five days to a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening fork
  • Compost or well-rotted manure


  • Penn State University: Borage
  • Herbs 2000: Borage
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