Borage is an excellent addition to any crop, adding vitamins and nutrients to the soil while repelling many pests. Not to mention that it is beautiful – it adds colour to your plantation. A well-deserving companion plant!
Borago officinalis is a powerful herb with many health benefits, culinary applications and plant companion functions. It is rich in nutrients, minerals and dietary fibre. Many Asian dishes would not be the same without a handful of freshly chopped coriander leaves. The seeds are crushed to give a tonic for stomach aches, they can reduce fever and cholesterol levels. Over-consumption of crushed seeds can cause a narcotic effect. They were also used in Renaissance love potions for their aphrodisiac qualities.
Coriander is a versatile plant to have in your garden. Repellent in the first line, it repels aphids, potato beetles and dreaded red spiders. A cooled infusion of crushed seeds can be used as a direct spray to control red spiders if they penetrate your tusks.
By adding its scent to your garden’s fragrance mix, it helps attract tachinid flies, bombyles and a variety of parasitoid wasps that eat bad insects or their larvae. Undemanding and easy to grow, coriander is a super companion plant.
Attracts predatory insects and bees while repelling many harmful insects. Borage does not transplant well. Sow directly.
Latin name: Borago officinalis
Type: Annual, herbaceous.
Height: 60-100 cm
Harvest: Maturity in 55 – 75 days / June to September (or all year round).
Effect: Covers odors, distraction and discretion.
Climate: Full sun/partial shade, hot season.
PH Preferred from 6.0 to 7.0. Can grow between 4.5 and 8.5.
Substrate all types. Rich, moist and light soil is best. Good drainage.
Germination: 5 – 15 days / 21°C. Sow directly.
Spacing: 35 – 40cm apart
Seeds per gram: 65 to 70
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