What is Forget Me Not?
Funny enough, forget me not plants are actually named after the famous song “Forget You” by The Beatles. They were originally called Forget-Me-Nots or Forget-Me-Over Flowers because they resemble forget-me bags. But, they have since been renamed to remind us of the song.
The name “forget me not” comes from the fact that these plants look like they don’t remember anything. However, they actually remember everything. These plants are very hardy and will survive in almost any climate conditions. They prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade as well.
They are easy to care for and require little attention other than regular watering when needed. They are drought tolerant so don’t worry if your soil dries out too much during hot weather months!
How Long Does It Take For Forget-Me-Not To Bloom?
It takes between 4 and 6 weeks before forget-me-nots start blooming. Remember, forget-me-nots need plenty of light so make sure you provide them with at least 12 hours of sunlight every day. If you live in a cold climate, then give them some indirect sunlight during the winter months as well.
How To Grow Forget-Me-Nots
The first thing you need to do is find a good location for your forget-me-nots. This is very important because they are very sensitive to soil nutrients and water retention. In fact, forget-me-nots are susceptible to frost so make sure that you plant them in a warmer and sheltered location.
After you have found a good location, it’s time to prepare the soil! Forget-me-nots grow best in a soil that has good drainage. You can do this by either amending your soil with plenty of compost or just buy a bag of fertile garden soil. You should also remove any weeds from the area and break up the soil with a spade.
Planting forget-me-nots is easy. They thrive in groups. Plant them about 6 inches apart and make sure that the crown of the forget-me-not is about 1/2 inch below the ground. Water them a little and then continue to water them regularly after that.
These flowers can grow in either full sun or partial shade. If you live in a cold climate, then they will need some shelter during the winter. You can easily provide this by planting them in pots that are placed in a sunny location such as a patio or porch.
Forget-me-nots need regular watering so don’t forget to water them every couple of days. They will let you know when they need a drink by wilting. If this happens, then give them a good drenching. Don’t over water them though. If the soil becomes really dry, then they will wilt a bit anyway so just give them a light watering at that time.
It’s best not to fertilize forget-me-nots at all. Any fertilizer you add to the soil is likely to cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off. However, if you do have to add fertilizer, make sure you dilute it a lot.
Pests And Diseases
These plants rarely suffer from pests or diseases. However, if they do become infected with anything, then its best to just throw them away as prevention is better than cure!
Where Can I Buy Forget-Me-Not Seeds?
You should be able to buy forget-me-not seeds at most nurseries and garden centers in your area. You can also buy them online. Simply do a Google search and you will find a large selection to choose from.
Try Native Plants
If you are really interested in native flowers then why not try some of the native varieties that grow in your state. States vary a lot and what grows well in one, might not grow at all in another. You can also try some of the more unusual varieties such as those that feature brightly colored petals or unusual flower shapes.
Whatever you do and however you decide to celebrate this special day, just enjoy it and remember those who are serving our country by protecting our freedom!
Sources & references used in this article:
Native New Zealand forget-me-nots (Myosotis, Boraginaceae) comprise a Pleistocene species radiation with very low genetic divergence by HM Meudt, JM Prebble, CA Lehnebach – Plant Systematics and Evolution, 2015 – Springer
The functional ecology of gynodioecy in Eritrichum aretioides (Boraginaceae), the Alpine Forget‐Me‐Not by MN Puterbaugh, A Wied, C Galen – American Journal of Botany, 1997 – Wiley Online Library
Pollen morphology and its taxonomic utility in the Southern Hemisphere bracteate-prostrate forget-me-nots (Myosotis, Boraginaceae) by HM Meudt – New Zealand Journal of Botany, 2016 – Taylor & Francis
Chatham Island forget-me-nots by G Collier – ref.coastalrestorationtrust.org.nz
Species limits and taxonomic revision of the bracteate-prostrate group of southern hemisphere forget-me-nots (Myosotis, Boraginaceae), including description of three … by HM Meudt, JM Prebble – Australian Systematic Botany, 2018 – CSIRO