Friday, June 29, 2012

Borage seedlings

Pink, white and blue flowered Borage in summer
In mid winter the first of the Borage seedlings start to appear, often growing much further away from where the parent plant was originally placed. The new seedlings hug the ground and eliminate competition by sending out a rosette of broad flat thick leaves. They also send down a long tap root to anchor themselves into position. Now is a good time to dig them up and either pot them on or transplant them to a spot where you would like them to grow. In moist soil they dig up fairly easily and I usually trim off most of the large leaves and leave a central few. In these cooler days they don't wilt and are easy to establish in a new spot in no time.
Newly dug seedlings

Seedlings trimmed of large leaves and ready for planting

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