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Planting the best heirloom borage seeds
- Pollinator attractor
- Produces beautiful, blue, star-shaped flowers
- A spring-planted, annual heirloom herb
- Offers medicinal and culinary purposes
Heirloom borage, also known as bee plant or bee bread, is a culinary and medicinal herb popular in Europe and growing in popularity in the United States. It's preferable to use fine, well-worked, moist soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0 for sowing borage seeds. While these seeds can survive in partial shade, they prefer full sunlight. Seeds should be placed about 1/2 inch deep in the soil and 12 inches apart. The plant will achieve maturity in 50 to 80 days, at which point you can begin harvesting. Snip fresh, young leaves before they acquire bristly hairs to harvest heirloom borage. As soon as the flowers open, they can be cut individually or in clusters. Heirloom borage is a prolific self-seeder, generating new plants the next year after shedding its own seeds. In fact, once an heirloom borage plant has established itself in your yard, it's hard to get rid of it.
This easy-to-grow heirloom attracts pollinators and can reach a height of 24 inches and a width of 30 inches! Heirloom borage will keep pests like hornworms away from your garden, and it will also help the plants it is interpolated with by improving their tolerance to pests and disease. Heirloom borage grows well with a variety of other plants, including tomatoes, strawberries, and squash.
Heirloom boarge is an edible flower that delivers vital phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins to those who consume it, in addition to offering health advantages to its surrounding plants. It is strong in gamma-linolenic acid (commonly known as GLA, an Omega 6 fatty acid), vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, and magnesium! Fresh heirloom borage leaves have a cucumber-like flavor and can be used in salads, lemonade, sausages, pizza, or poultry stuffing. It can also be used in tea, as it is in Europe. With this delectable herb, the possibilities are endless. Heirloom borage is used to cure a variety of diseases, including arthritis, dermatitis, premenstrual pain, anxiety, gastrointestinal syndrome, kidney problems, and more. It is also claimed to "provide courage and peace to the heart" and can help with respiratory and skin disorders. Heirloom borage can be described as a "super plant."
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for heirloom borage seeds, see the Borage Seeds Planting Guide.