A symbol of heroism, history, faith and enduring love sine times immemorial, the forget-me-not flowers are predominantly used for funerals today. A highly attractive small blue flower with yellow centers, these are also popular as gifts and in decoration for weddings. An extremely attractive and easy to grow plant, these are often found making a wonderful carpet under the small deciduous trees or even tall trees of any garden! Likewise, they can easily adorn your garden as flower beds, rock gardens or borders! If nothing exists, the can also bloom easily inside your house in containers or any of t
he attractive pots. Here, we embark on knowing all about growing these wonderful blooms and spreading happiness all around! Before going any further you might want to consider reading Everything you need to know about forget me not seeds.
Getting familiar with Forget-Me-Not Seeds
Scientifically known as Myosotis sylvatica, the forget-me-not plants are extremely endearing and hassle-free breeds which tend to die out in winter but blooms easily during springs and summers. These are mostly biennial plants i.e. they flower as well as die in their second year. These plants are known to spread easily as the forget-me-not seeds are scattered easily by the plants and the various pollinators to form a lush carpet all by themselves. In nature, their wilderness can be spotted near streams and wet woodlands. If you consider growing them, you can easily take it head-on as they are extremely easy to grow low-maintenance plant. While they bloom mostly in blue, their pink and white varieties can also be found and an enhanced aesthetic appeal can be added to any blooming area. They are mostly five petaled. These plants are deemed as true perennials but not invasive. They attract butterflies but are deer resistant.
Location of plantation
These unfussy plants can be grown just about anywhere! The forget-me-not plants bloom best under shade though they have a very good sun tolerance as well. They thrive exceptionally in areas having wet gravelly soil and moderate shade. As flower beds, the forget-me-not seeds can easily be planted near a water source like woods or placed near other friendly flowers like tulips. They can easily be grown in flower pots as well along with other pot companions like snapdragons or pansies. However, their soil must be keptmoist at all times.
Planting season and the plantation
The best time to sow the forget-me-not plants is early spring to throughout summer. Planting them is extremely easy. All you need to do is scatter some forget-me-not seeds in a shady area. They have plenty of time right through the winter to settle well in the soil and take root. If you are growing them in a pot, you can plant them in moist soil and place the pots in areas having a temperature of around or above 65 degrees. By the advent of the next spring, they start blooming and spreading a cheerful infectious ambiance all around. These are self-seeding plants and easily spread themselves in the garden. They show exceptional growth if you mix organic material like compost or manure into the soil.
These seeds ideally take about 8 to 14 days to germinate. They require darkness to germinate. Hence, the seeds need to be covered with some fine soil. In case any danger of frost is present, the seeds can be sown indoors a few weeks earlier than the last frost. Once all traces of frost are gone, you can plant them outside. They would not only bloom healthy but also faster. Additionally, as you transfer the saplings from indoors to outdoors, you must ensure to add mulch till the seeds start germinating. Mulch goes a long way in retaining moisture in the soil as well as suppressing the propagation of weeds. As they grow, you can add fertilizer but preferably organic compost once or twice through the season. In pots, generally, a seed spacing of 1 to 2 inches is ideal while in the garden the spacing should be 6 to 8 inches.
Taking care of forget-me-not plants
Growing forget-me-not plants are a gardener’s delight! They require very little maintenance and care thereby making for a great choice, even for novice gardeners! Few tips to take care of them while you grow them are:-
- These plants are known for their impish behavior! They tend to grow in an area of their choice rather than yours! Thus, you need to keep an eye on their spread. The best thing about these plants is that they are extremely easy to move as well. You can simply lift them using a trowel and plunk them in an area of your choice! They would bloom as profusely.
- Ideally, these plants thrive in moist soil and cool weather. If they are kept under full sun, it is important to keep the soil wet at all times. The soil must never be allowed to dry out. This is easily achieved by drip systems and soaker hoses.
- Compost works best as their fertilizer. However, if readymade fertilizers are used, the slow-releasing balanced all-purpose granular fertilizer can be used only once per season, preferably in early spring. Over-fertilization must be avoided.
- As these plants make a ground cover; pruning and shaping forget-me-not plants can prove challenging! They are best controlled eliminating them from places where they are not desired. They can be easily designed into any landscape design that you envision!
- These adaptable and strong plants rarely give you any insects, disease or any other usual plant problem! Sometimes, aphids may attack new foliage growth. At that time, an insecticidal soap can be used to control them.
- The entire plant dies after flowering. The leaves and stems turn gray as they dry out. However, as they self-propagate, you soon find them blooming. You can keep relocating them as desired! The reseeding is much better if the spent flowers are left on the plant even after they have wilted. This makes it easier for the forget-me-not seeds to drop to the soil and give you fresh bloom, next spring!
A very accommodating plant, the forget-me-nots are extremely easy to get familiar with! In no time, they easily become a distinctive part of your spring garden!