Containers forum: Can Borage Be Grown In Containers?

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Mar 22, 2015 4:30 PM CST
Can Borage be grown into containers? I'd prefer to pot it up.

Or, does it always have to be grown in the ground?

Are Borage plants even available to plant in the home garden?

I've been interested in growing bee and butterfly plants a lot more than before. Thumbs up

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Mar 23, 2015 11:45 AM CST
Borage will grow in containers.
It self seeds around here, and needs to be watched.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Mar 23, 2015 7:49 PM CST
Thanks! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

Are Borage plants (from garden centers, mail order, etc....) even available to buy to plant in the home garden? Or are they only available as seeds?
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Mar 24, 2015 6:40 AM CST
They grow quickly and easily from seeds so I have never looked for plants.
Bees love the flowers which are usually blue or pink.
This year I have acquired seeds for a white flowered variety.
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Weedwhacker
Mar 24, 2015 10:14 AM CST
Marilyn, I don't think I've ever seen borage plants for sale... but Caroline is right, they grow very easily from seed.

A few years ago I had a couple of borage plants growing in my veg garden and they became infested with some pretty ugly looking caterpillars.... sprayed them with BT and was quite pleased with myself for saving the plants, until I realized the caterpillars were baby Painted Lady butterflies Blinking Sighing! (ever since then I've been a lot more diligent about finding out what the bugs on my plants actually are!)
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chelle
Mar 24, 2015 10:41 AM CST
I grew my first batch from seed years ago, and now they self-sow. Full sun and a leaner, less nutritious mix kept on the dry side after sprouting would be best for your container, otherwise your stems may flop. Mine will even flop in-ground if we have an exceptionally wet early summer, or if other plants partially shade their area.

Definitely one of the best bee plants I have here! Hurray! Love it.

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Mar 24, 2015 6:31 PM CST
Thanks everyone and thanks for the info regarding containers! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up I'll have to start looking around through mail order for seeds, as the stores locally don't have any.
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