How to Grow Forget-Me-Not

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Forget-Me-Not is flowering plant in the genus of Myosotis which has about fifty different species. Blooming in spring, these flowers are very small, about one centimeter in diameter. The flowers have five lobes that can be blue, pink or white and have yellow centers. However, a blue colored flower is the most common variation of the plant. Forget-Me-Nots are extremely popular in gardens and in the wild they grow to five to twelve inches tall.

Growing Requirements for Forget-Me-Not

In order to grow Forget-Me-Not flowers, one should prepare the soil by mixing in compost before placing the seed in. The seeds should be planted in early spring so that the flowers will bloom on time later in the season. Distance between the seeds does not normally matter because Forget-Me-Nots are not sensitive to crowds.

The seeds should be watered often in order to be kept moist. Forget-Me-Nots are normally found on river banks in the wild and grow the best in moist environments. The plants can tolerate only partial sun and shade, therefore they should not be planted where they are subjected to intense sunlight. They grow the best under trees, around tall shrubs, and in rock gardens with some shade.

Taking Care of Forget-Me-Not

Most of the flowers only last for one season and when they begin to wilt in late summer they should be removed in order to allow for replanting the next year. Forget-Me-Nots need to have wilted flowers trimmed because the plant will drop new seeds in order to maintain the population. This reseeding could prove problematic because while the flowers are not sensitive to crowding, the resources available can be stressed.

Forget-Me-Nots should be watered regularly. One should take special care when weeding around seedlings as they can be fragile and easy to destroy or dig up.

History of Forget-Me-Nots

Forget-Me-Nots have various legends and folklore surrounding them in many cultures around the world. The flowers are native to New Zealand but have escaped gardens from which they were introduced and into the wild. One popular legend states the flowers were named when a 15th-century knight fell into a river as he went to pick a bunch of flowers for his lover. As he was drowning in the water he threw the flowers to the woman and shouted, “Forget me not.” Today the flower is a symbol of a woman’s faithfulness and love. According to Christian lore however, the flowers originated when the child Jesus Christ created them in remembrance of Mary’s eyes.

The flowers are also very prominent in literature. They appear in poems, epics, and novels from many famous authors such as Henry David Thoreau and J.R.R. Tolkien.

More Information on Forget-Me-Not

Additional information about Forget-Me-Not can be found at the following websites:

Learn about the Scientific Classification and Legend of Forget-Me-Not at The Flower Expert.

Find details on Forget-Me-Not growing conditions at Dave’s Garden.

Get a detailed, scientific view of Forget-Me-Not at Microscopy.

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