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About This Plant...
Family: Boraginaceae
Genus and species: Borago officinalis
Plant type: annual
Height and width: 24-36 inches high; 16-20 inches wide
Location and soil: sun; rich, well-drained soil; tolerates dry soil
Uses: flowers in desserts and candy; young fresh leaves in salads and vegetables; iced drinks; bees like flowers
Propagation methods: seeds
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: does not transplant well
When to transplant to garden:
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 1-2 weeks before last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 5 days
Germination temp.: 70 degrees F.
Days to maturity: 80 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 12 inches
Spacing between rows: 18 inches
Growing On...
Pests: Japanese beetles
Harvest: use fresh leaves and flowers at any time; for drying, remove flowers and leaves from stalks and place on a wire rack in a shady place, then store in an airtight jar
Growing tips: sow outdoors every 4 weeks for a steady harvest of fresh leaves and flowers; self-sows readily

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