Plant Care Borage

Borage

About Borage

Starflower is an annual plant with bright, blue flowers and edible leaves. It grows well in all types of soil, including nutritionally poor soil. The plant contains small amounts of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which may cause liver damage and cancer if eaten regularly.

Taxonomy

Borago officinalis
Borago
Boraginaceae
Boraginales

Also known as

Starflower

How to care for Borage

Water

How often to water your Borage

Water needs for Borage
0.5 cups
every 9

Borage needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Borage

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Borage in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Borage: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Borage love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Borage does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Borage in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Borage

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Borage: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Borage after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Borage is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Propagation

Care Summary for Borage

Borage

Borage


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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