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Borage [Borago officinalis]

Borage [Borago officinalis]

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Tips to reduce water requirements

We recommend mulching the beds
Experience has shown that by covering the floor with hay or straw, evaporation can be reduced by 80%. If you keep the beds evenly moist, an optimal humid microclimate will be created under the mulch. This not only promotes the growth of plants, but also enormously reduces water consumption. 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 harvest 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
The desiccation of the soil leads to a huge decline in micro-and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in a barren soil over time. Tests have shown that the water content in the entire bed with full-scale irrigation remains longer than if watering is only carried out selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured surfaces, in contrast to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed is filled with moisture. Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to achieve it again and again.

Shipping and pick-up information

We offer CTT shipping for Saagut Europe and USA far! With us you will always receive a tracking number to track your package. Shipping costs differ depending on the shipping region. Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping
Portugal (with the Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or package up to 500g = € 3.50
2 kg Bus Package = 8 €
Package over 2 kg = 16 €

Europe Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = 7 €
500g Bus Package = 9,50 €
1kg Bus Package = 14 €
2kg Bus Package = 20 €
Package over 2kg = 40 €

USA Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = € 7.50
500g Bus Package = 15,50 €
1 kg Bus Package = 24 €
2 kg Bus Package = 33,50 €
Package over 2 kg = 67 €

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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. The robust plant has heavily hairy leaves, stems and buds, 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, cold buffets and magically attract pollinating insects. The leaves can be used to pickle cucumbers, salads and herb quark.

General information
Plant family: Boraginaceae
Life Cycle: Annual
Days to harvest: 100 days
Plant height approx.: 100 cm
Root Type: Deep Root
Nutrient requirements: Weak Eaters
Water Requirements: Low
Winter hardiness: Up to 0 °C
Location: Sunny
Floor: Permeable, moist, loamy, humic

PH: 6,5 to 7.5

Sowing and planting information
Germ Type: Dark germ
Seed Depth: 1-2 cm
Optimal germination temperature: 20-25 °C
Germination time: 7-14 days
Planting, row spacing: 25x30 cm

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

Subtropic climate (Mediterranean) (e. g. B. Portugal, Spain, Italy)
Sow directly outdoors from February to October.

Moderate climate (e. g. B. Germany, Switzerland, Poland)
Sow directly into frost-free open ground from April.

Sow outdoors in rows or spread out.
Borage prefers a sunny location with moist, well-drained humus and loamy soil. Prepare the soil for the herb with seasoned animal manure. Avoid waterlogging.

Additional tips

Borage self-seeds easily and will come back every year if some mother plants are left standing over the summer. Only the very young leaves are used as a spice. In order to quickly obtain a fine, crumbly and permeable soil, we recommend additional incorporation of biochar and primary rock powder.

Type of propagation
Spread occurs via seeds.

Care Plants
Beds prepared with animal manure and planting in mixed culture replace additional fertilizer.

Germination ability of seeds: 7-8 years

Other Names
Botanical names: Borago officinalis
English Names: Borage
German names: Borretsch
Portuguese names: Borragem
Spanish Names: Borraja
French names: Bourrache

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