For coveted garden coolness, forget-me-not flowers are unbeatable. These popular, tiny, true blue flowers with yellow centers are so lovely, blooming above hairy leaves and stems. And, growing perennial Forget Me Not flowers are easy. Established flowers are very low maintenance.
Forget-Me-Nots make a wonderful carpet or ground cover under taller plants or small deciduous trees and look best planted in large “pools” or masses of plants.
Try growing them in flower beds, borders, rock gardens, and containers.
Send or give Forget-Me-Nots as a sign of true love or friendship.
Did you Know? Forget-Me-Not seed packets are popular handouts and giveaways for funeral services, remembrances, sales promotions, and even political campaigns.
Flowers Bloom: Spring and Summer
Flower Colors: Blue is by far the most popular. There are also pink and white varieties.
Plant Height: 12″ – 24″
Biennials, Perennials, Boraginacae
Perennial Forget-Me-Not plants are started from seed. Directly sow Forget Me Not seeds into your flower garden after all danger of frost. Or, for earlier blooms, start them indoors a few weeks before the last frost in your area.
Sow seeds after all danger of frost. Cover lightly with 1/8″ of garden soil.
Space them 4-5 inches apart and thin seedlings to 10″ apart.
These perennial plants can be propagated by separating clumps of established plants.
Days to Germination: 8 – 14 days.
Forget-Me-Nots are easy to grow. The plants prefer light shade. But, they will also do well in sun, too. They will bloom profusely in shady areas, and do not require a lot of attention. They grow well in average soils but the soil should be kept moist.
Add a general-purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.
They may need mulching for winter protection in northern areas, or grow them as a biennial.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.0 – 8.0.
Plant Problems – Identify the causes and find the cures.
Insects and plant diseases are not too common. If problems arise, treat early with insecticides or fungicides as appropriate.
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