I'm growing 2 borage plants this year and they're starting to flower
which looks nice. I'd like that they keep growing all summer though.
Should I clip these flowers like you're supposed to clip basil flowers to
encourage the plant to grow more? I have an image of it up at:
You can clip off the flowers as you wish. The flowers make an
interesting and tasty addition to a salad. One of the benefits of
borage is to encourage bees to your garden, so leave some flowers for
Is that your own photo and plant? Both are gorgeous.
I've never heard of pinching back borage. The flowers are edible and
very pretty frozen in ice cubes to tart up summer drinks. Or to
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Yes, I took that with an older digital camera. Borage has a lot of fur
on it that reflects sunlight in an interesting way. This is my first
time growing Borage. I look for herbs that grow 3' or more high and this
year the place I go to had this and I had no idea what it was. I'm also
growing Lovage for the first time since that is supposed to grow high
Thanks for the info, I'll try that. I was worried because last year I
grew Cilantro and after that flowered it petered out about the third week
of June making me trash the entire plant to reuse the pot. In my garden,
if the plant doesn't produce (I.e. grow big) it's out of here. :-)
Cilantro is a short-lived annual. It will never get big and bushy like
parsley. In fact, if you've ever seen cilantro with roots in the
grocery store, you will notice that the 'bunch' is actually 20 or 30
individual plants. The 'trick', if you want to have a good supply for
cooking, is to have many plants and sow more seeds every 2 weeks or
so. Cilantro likes sun, but heat makes it bolt quickly. It's too bad
you trashed the plant, as you could have used the mature seeds for
cooking (it's usually called coriander in the seed form) and starting
If you're after architecture, however, cilantro/coriander is a bust.
:-) Dill is quite nice -- tall and feathery. It also doesn't live
very long (longer than cilantro) but the seed heads are quite large
and attractive (and useful). Rosemary is a perennial in much of the US
and can become a good-sized bush.
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