How to Grow and Care for Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

Quick Overview

Plant Type: perennial
Family: Boraginaceae
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Watering: moderate
Colors: Bright blue
Size: Up to 1 foot tall
Hardiness Zones: 3-8
Soil Type: Sandy, Loamy, Clay
Soil pH: Mildly acidic to mildly alkaline
Propagation: by dividing and cuttings
Toxicity: not toxic

The Forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) is a popular flower. The plant blooms a beautiful blue flower that lives up to its name. They are hard to forget once you’ve seen them! The Myosotis, otherwise known as the forget-me-not, are part of the borage family. This makes it related to herbs and landscape plants.

Providing your forget-me-not with proper light, water, and environment is key to keeping them happy. These flowers are great for all gardeners and are easy to care for. As long as you give them what they need, these flowers will add a nice pop of color to your yard!

Follow the guide below for the perfect atmosphere to grow your forget-me-not plants.

Forget Me Not Information

These are some of the most well-known flowers on the market. The name Myosotis means “mouse ear” which is what the blue flowers it blooms resemble. There are over 100 members of the Myosotis family and the most popular is the forget-me-not. These flowers are native to several climates. They typically call Eurasia and New Zealand home but also grow in North America, South America, and Australia. They grow naturally in wooded areas, as well as forests and mountain areas. They can be invasive, so be mindful when planting in non-native areas.

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How To Grow Forget Me Not Plants

These plants are easy to grow from seeds. Simply sow them in your garden during mid-summer time. You can prepare the soil by raking it lightly and watering it before placing the seeds. By the following year, you will have beautiful forget-me-not blooms in your garden. They will continue to grow for years to come.

If you would like, you can start the seeds indoors. You’ll sow a few seeds into a small pot. You’ll want to keep your pot of forget-me-not seeds in a warm area that lacks sunlight. They will need to germinate for at least two weeks. Once they have sprouted, you can transfer them to your garden. You can keep them in containers as long as their needs are met. As long as you are providing them with the right amount of water, sunlight, and the correct soil, they will grow within a container.

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Propagating

These plants are rather easy to propagate. You can propagate your Myosotis by dividing the rhizomes in early springtime. They grow at a fast rate and will self-seed on their own. You can also propagate them by cutting the stems during the summer months. The method you choose to propagate your forget-me-nots should depend on the variety you are growing. If you have a woodland variety you should avoid propagating by seed. It self-sows at a high frequency.

Forget Me Not Varieties

There are several varieties that make up the Myosotis family. The species of forget-me-not most common is the Myosotis sylvatica. These are considered true forget-me-nots and are the type this guide is addressing. Other varieties include the small-flowered Myosotis and the broadleaf forget-me-not. While the baby blue-colored Myosotisis a classic, the flower also comes in pink, indigo, and white blooms.

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Caring For Forget Me Not

Watering

When it comes to keeping your forget-me-not hydrated, these flowers are not picky. They can tolerate wet soil better than other plants can. It is important to plant your plant in well-draining soil. While it can handle wet soil, it does best in soil that drains well. They like a medium amount of water evenly distributed. You’ll want to check the water often to make sure it is not getting too much or too little. It’s key to water them the perfect amount for optimal growth, but a little extra water won’t be the end of the world for your forget-me-not. When the top of the soil is dry, add about two inches of water. These make great flowers for those taking up the hobby and are still learning the dos and don’ts of watering.

Pruning and Fertilizing

These plants do not need regular prunings. Maintaining your forget-me-nots is rather simple. The only real pruning you will have to do is cutting overgrowth. You will want to make sure to prevent your Myosotis from self-seeding. Since they can overtake your garden, cutting deadheads before they turn to seeds is important. While these flowers are great additions to your garden, they grow fast. They can sprout up all over your garden from self-seeding if not maintained.

These plants do best when their soil is fertilized. You can use compost or a general fertilizer for your forget-me-not. You’ll want to fertilize about once a month during the peak blooming season. In spring and summer, the plant will need monthly fertilizing, especially if you notice the leaves are starting to turn yellow.

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Soil for Your Forget Me Not

The Myosotis enjoys a well-draining soil. Other than how well it drains, the plant is not picky with soil. It can thrive in different types of soil. Anything from sandy, loamy, or clay-based soil types will do the trick for the forget-me-not. As long as it drains, it’ll work.

Climate and Light

Forget-me-nots do the best in cool climates. When growing in these more mild climates, you’ll want to sow your seeds in the fall. By spring, you’ll have beautiful blooms. You’ll want to sow your seeds in the winter if you live in a colder climate. If you live in an area with winters below freezing, sow your seeds several weeks before the last frost. As for warmer climates, you can sow your seeds in the fall. It is important to provide your plant with ample shade if you are in a hot climate. They can survive warmer climates when they receive proper care.

Finding the right amount of light for your Myosotis may seem like a difficult task. They don’t do well in areas that see too much sun if you live in a hot climate. You should plant your forget-me-not in an area that sees both sun and shade if you are growing them in a warm climate. If you are in a more mild climate, your forget-me-not will do great in full sun.

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Pests And Disease

Pests will likely leave your forget-me-nots alone. What you’ll need to keep an eye out for are diseases. If you live in a humid climate, there is a risk of crown rot. Crown rot is a type of fungal infection that shows as a brown ring around the soil line. There isn’t much you can do to treat it so prevention is key. Making sure the soil is well-draining is the best way to avoid crown rot. You can read more about the crown rot infection here. Another disease that comes from humidity is powdery mildew. To prevent mildew from growing, make sure your forget-me-nots spaced out. If you see white powder forming on your plant’s leaves, it likely has powdery mildew. Cut that piece so it does not spread to your other plants.

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Interesting Facts About Forget-Me-Nots

Forget Me Nots were the favorite flower of Diana, Princess of Wales. When she passed away, a memorial garden made in her honor in London was filled with these beautiful flowers. There are 3,500 white forget-me-nots in that garden! Her son, Prince Harry, started a charity in his mother’s honor called Sentebale. Sentebale translates to ‘forget-me-not’ in the language of Sesotho.

Aside from being a favorite of the royal family, these flowers are also critter-proof. They are tolerant of rabbit and deer pests. The only wildlife these flowers attract is butterflies.

There is a rumor that all Myosotis are toxic to children and pets. This is not true. True forget-me-nots like the ones mentioned in this guide are safe for children and pets. The forget-me-not varieties Myosotis scorpioides and Chinese forget-me-nots are poisonous. These are rare and you are likely growing true forget-me-nots in your garden.

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To Sum Up

The forget-me-not is a classic flower. Most people are familiar with its classic baby blue flowers. It is a rather easy plant to care for. Pests are not drawn to it, but it is prone to some diseases. As long as you provide your plant with the perfect soil, you can avoid these diseases. You’ll want to be sure the soil drains well. That is the most important aspect of growing these beautiful flowers. You will not need to focus on the type of soil or the acidity as much as you will need to pay attention to the way it drains.

These flowers need very little maintenance. You will not need to give your flowers regular pruning but cut deadheads to prevent overgrowth. These plants grow quickly and self-seed. They can overtake your entire garden if you are not careful! They are rather easy to propagate for this reason, though. Most varieties of Myosotis will grow annually. How and where you grow them will depend on where you live. Climate plays a major role for these flowers.

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