Borage (Borago officinalis) is another all-round performing companion plant that adds a splash of beauty.
It shows continuous sprays of tiny lavender coloured flowers all throughout the growing season. The young leaves and pretty flowers are edible in salads. The spicy flowers are great added to stir fries for that secret zing. Please be careful, pregnant women should not eat Borage.
Borage is quite hardy and will thrive in most conditions. Borage improves the health of cannabis plants as it enhances the soil with vitamins and minerals. If you want to use it with other plants, strawberries especially love borage and will be doubly flavoursome and juicy. The tiny flowers attract bees and predatory wasps which repel or hunt unwanted creatures like cabbage worm and whitefly larvae.
The mineral content of borage is such that it is an ideal green manure or dry mulch. When leaves become old and faded, strip them and sprinkle around the base of your other plants. Rich in Potassium, Calcium and vitamin C, borage improves compost quality with its extra vitamins and minerals. Your cannabis plants will appreciate the natural slow release Potassium and Calcium that both encourage healthy cell growth.
|Borago officinalis||Annual, herbaceous.||60 – 100 cm||Maturity in 55-75 days / June-September (or all year).||Smell cover, distraction and stealth.||Full sun/partial shade, warm season.|
|pH||Soil||Germination||Spacing||Seeds per gram||Note|
|Prefers 6,0 to 7,0. Can grow between 4,5 and 8,5.||Any type, Rich, moist and light soil is the best. Well-drained.||5 – 15 days / 21°C. Sow directly.||35 – 40 cm apart||65 to 70||Attracts predatory insects and honeybees while repelling many insect pests. Borage does not transplant well. Sow directly .|