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How to Grow Forget-Me-Not

Forget-me-not, or Myosotis, is a humble yet magnificent spring flower, enchanting gardens with its frothy blue clouds. It harmonises with other blooms, serving as a captivating backdrop and effortlessly blending into natural and wild-style plantings. Appreciated for its alluring flowers, Forget-me-not showcases various hues, including occasional variations. Its pink buds preceding the blossoms offer a delightful combination of colours. Historically treasured as herbal remedies, these plants possess astringent properties for treating wounds and medical conditions.

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Grow Forget-Me-Not From Seed

Forget-me-not seeds can be sown outdoors in May or June, or indoors during May, June, and September. For indoor sowing, scatter the seeds and cover them with compost. To help germination, provide a heated propagator or place them on a warm windowsill. Once the seedlings have grown sufficiently, transplant them into individual pots. The flowers will grace your garden the following year.

Place them on a warm windowsill to germinate.

What Forget-Me-Not Needs

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Watering: Water forget-me-nots frequently during warmer months but make sure the soil stays moist (not soggy). Position: Forget-me-nots like light shade, think woodland conditions. Feeding: No need to fertilise forget-me-nots but a yearly mulch of compost in the spring will be of benefit.

Growing Forget-Me-Not Across the Season

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Mulch your plants in early spring. Plant out new plants after the last frost has passed.

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Keep well watered during warmer months to stop plants from drying out.

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Plant out new plants in the autumn warmth before it gets too cold.

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Plants are hardy, but you can protect plants in pots by keeping pots lifted so water drains free.

Forget-Me-Not S.O.S.

Forget-me-not is generally left alone by garden pests, but it is susceptible to two diseases: powdery mildew and rust. Powdery mildew presents as a light-coloured, powdery coating on the leaves, affecting the plant's appearance temporarily but rarely causing fatal damage. To minimise this issue, it is recommended to avoid overhead watering. Rust, on the other hand, creates pustules that release orange spores on the undersides of leaves, often accompanied by yellow spots on the top part of the foliage. This disease also thrives in damp environments, and preventing it is best achieved by keeping the foliage dry and avoiding wet conditions.

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Watch out for powdery mildew.

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