Forget-me-nots are cute biennial or perennial flowers depending on the variety and on the climate.
Forget-me-not facts not to forget
Name – Myosotis
Family – Boraginaceae
Type – biennial or perennial
Height – 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – rather rich and cool
Foliage – deciduous
Flowering – March to May
Often used to spruce up rocky ground, edges and flower beds, it is a plant that is self-sowing and sometimes turns invasive.
For them to bloom in spring, it is recommended to plant perennial forget-me-nots (Myosotis salvatica for example) in fall.
Use a blend of garden soil, soil mix and if possible organic soil conditioner.
It is perfectly possible to plant during springtime and that’s even required for annual and biennial varieties.
As for the sowing, opt for sowing directly in the plot starting from the month of May and over the entire summer season.
- Forget-me-not loves sun-covered spots as long as they don’t get too hot.
- The ground must stay cool, drain well and must be enriched on or before planting.
- In waterlogged, poorly draining soil, forget-me-nots might not survive the winter.
Pruning and caring for forget-me-not
Remove wilted flowers regularly. This is called deadheading. Since flowers last a few days, deadheading your forget-me-not twice a week is perfect.
Once all the flowers and leaves have wilted away, it’s possible to remove airborne portions of the plant that tend to look ungainly. This will prepare space for newer, fresher flower scapes.
- In spring, you can water if it doesn’t rain for a long time.
- Provide for regular watering for plants growing potted or in garden boxes.
- Over the summer, water often during the warmer weeks.
Learn more about Myosotis
It will find a place in your flower beds, along edges or on rocky terrain.
Forget-me-not can also be included in pot arrangements and garden boxes to flower any balcony and terrace.
Care is effortless and its growth is quick. Forget-me-nots bloom abundantly all spring long.
Let a few flowers go to seed and the patch will keep growing every year!
Smart tip about forget-me-not
No need to water too much because forget-me-nots don’t really need a lot of water.
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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Forget-me-not flower cluster by Jacob W. Frank (also on social media) by Denali National Park and Preserve ★ under © CC BY 2.0
Blue, pink and white Forget-me-not by Jochen Spieker ★ under © CC BY-SA 2.0
Forget-me-not flowers, some spent by Shanthanu Bhardwaj ★ under © CC BY-SA 2.0