Borage is one of those plants I just NEED to have in my garden. The perfect blue-ness of its blooms (unless you get the occasional errant pink bloom, which happens sometimes, usually after very wet weather, I’ve noticed) and the cucumber-y flavor of the leaves and blossoms makes this a must-grow plant for me.
I planted borage in our side yard garden a couple of years ago because we grew tomatoes there, and borage and tomatoes are good companions. I haven’t had to plant borage seeds on purpose since. Borage self-sows pretty reliably here in our Detroit area garden, so I’m never without a few seedlings each spring.
This year, we had a mild borage explosion, resulting in this dense clump of borage seedlings:
Luckily, it isn’t too difficult to dig these up, divide the clump into individual plants, and transplant them elsewhere. But you have to do it the right way — borage has a reputation for being somewhat difficult to transplant. Here’s why:
Tap root. If you break that, or damage it too much, your borage seedlings will shrivel up and die. So you have to keep that intact. What I do is dig the clump out fairly deeply. Then I gently tease the large clump out into individual plants, making sure that I keep a good amount of soil around each plant’s root to protect that taproot. Like this: