Forget-me-not, a cute little flower

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.

Planting forget-me-not

For them to bloom in spring, it is recommended to plant perennial forget-me-nots (Myosotis salvatica for example) in fall in 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

a bunch of forget-me-nots growing in the fieldRemove 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.
Watering forget-me-not

  • 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

This cute little perennial that bears nice blue bunches of flowers will find a place in your flower beds, along edges or on rocky terrain, and 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.

Smart tip about forget-me-not

Deep blue forget-me-not flowersNo need to water too much because forget-me-nots don’t really need a lot of water.

 


Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Light blue forget-me-nots shared by USDA NRCS Montana, public domain
Clump of forget-me-nots in the wild shared by Jimmy Thomas under © CC BY-SA 2.0
Deep blue forget-me-nots shared by Henry Hemming under © CC BY 2.0