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Borage [Borago officinalis]

Borage [Borago officinalis]

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Tips to reduce water use

We recommend mulching the beds.
Experience has shown that covering the ground with hay or straw can reduce evaporation by 80%. Keeping the beds evenly moist will create an optimal moist microclimate under the mulch. This not only helps the plants to grow, but also reduces the water consumption enormously. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and crop quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times.
Even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time. Drying out the soil causes a huge reduction in the micro- and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in an infertile soil.
Tests have shown that the addition of water to the entire bed is lower over a longer period of time than if it is only poured selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured areas, as opposed to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed were filled with moisture.
Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to reach this level again and again.

Shippping and pickup information

Shipping
We offer CTT shipping for seeds worldwide! With us you always get a tracking number to track your parcel. The shipping costs differ depending on the continent.
Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping Portugal (with Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or Parcel up to 500g = €3.50
Parcel up to 2kg = €8
Parcel more than 2kg = €16

Europe shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €9.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €14
Parcel up to 2kg = €20
Parcel more than 2kg = €40

United States shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €7.50
Parcel up to 500g = €15.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €24
Parcel up to 2kg = €33.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €67

World shipping (to all other areas)
Envelope up to 100g = €6.50
Parcel up to 500g = €14
Parcel up to 1kg = €21
Parcel up to 2kg = €31.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €63

After completing your order when you check out, you will receive an order confirmation email from us with your tracking number.


Pick up
You can pick up your order at any time by appointment at our farm or at the markets we visit. The possible pick-up options will be displayed to you directly when you check out.

Markets we visit can be found above in the menu bar under"Market Dates"

Borage is a very old annual spice and medicinal plant that is native to the Mediterranean region and has been cultivated in Central Europe since the late Middle Ages. It has heavily hairy leaves, stems and buds, has clear star-shaped purple-blue flowers and the leaves have a distinct cucumber scent and taste. Due to its high mineral salt content, borage can be used in a salt-free diet. The flowers serve as an attractive edible decoration for salads and cold buffets. Only the very young leaves are used as a spice. The leaves can be used to pickle cucumbers, salads and herb quark. Borage self-seeds easily and comes back every year if some mother plants are left standing in the summer.
Borage magically attracts pollinating insects.

General information
Plant family: Boraginaceae
Lifecycle: Annual
Days until harvest: 100 days
Plant hight approx: 100 cm
Root type: Deep and shallow rooter
Nutrient requirements: Medium
Water requirements: Medium
Winter hardiness: until 3°C
Location: Sunny
Soil: Permeable, moist, nutrient rich, humus rich, loamy

pH value: 6.5 to 7.5

Information on sowing and planting
Germ type: Dark germinator
Sowing depth: 1-2 cm
Best germination temperature: 20-25°C
Germination time: 7-14 days
Plant-, row distance: 25x30 cm

Optimal mix culture: Cucumber, Kohlrabi, Cabbage, Tomato, Zucchini
Unfavorable mix culture: -

Planting information
In areas with mild winters, borage is sown in spring to summer, at temperatures around 20 to 25°C from March to August. In northern, cooler areas, sowing takes place at identical temperatures in spring from April to June.
Direct sowing is recommended for borage. To do this, simply put the seed 1-2cm into the soil at a distance of 1-2cm between the plants and then keep it moist.
It prefers a sunny location with sufficient water, as well as deep, loose, humus-rich soil.
Borage is very uncomplicated. It is sensitive to frost and not hardy. Reliably self-sows and comes back next year.

Other names
Latin botanical names: Borago officinalis
English names: Borage
German names: Borretsch
Portuguese names: Borragem
Spanish names: Borraja
French names: Bourrache

Ingredients
Borage is rich in valuable ingredients such as essential oils, saponins, tannins, silica, resin, mucilage, potassium nitrate and various fatty acids such as omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid) and gamma-linolenic acid.
Very high vitamin C content (the fresh borage plant has a content of 150 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams - a lemon has 53 milligrams!).

Potent germination capacity: 7-8 years

  • Made with love and in harmony with nature
  • All seeds and seedlings for further propagation
  • Our seeds are always checked for germination quality at regular intervals
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