About Forget Me Not Flowers

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About Forget Me Not Flowers
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A large number of Forget Me Not flowers are native to New Zealand, but the ones growing now in North America originate from Europe. Forget Me Nots can be used in the parts of a garden where few plants will grow. Forget Me Not flowers are relatively maintenance free and grow well in just about any part of the country.

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Features

Most Forget Me Not flowers are blue, but some species do have colour variations, mostly white or pink. All of them have a tiny yellow centre and five petals. Forget Me Not flowers bloom mostly in spring and can grow as either an annual or perennial, depending on variety. They are also self seeding and grow best in the shade, with just a bit of sun.

Growing

Forget Me Not flowers need to be planted any possibility of frost has passed. Before planting, mix the soil with organic compost. For a formal look, plant the seeds four to five inches apart and thin to ten inches when the seedlings start to grow. For a more informal look, you do not have to be that particular about the distance between plants. Forget Me Not flowers are a wild flower and they are used to growing in crowds. Forget Me Nots only need fertiliser once or twice a summer. In colder climates, give them a layer of mulch for the winter. If you have a perennial Forget Me Not, you can propagate them by dividing the plants. If you do not want them to self seed, pinch off the flowers as soon as they die off.

Uses

Forget Me Not flowers make an excellent flowering ground cover, around tree, and to hide the bare spots under tall shade producing plants. Almost every garden has a spot that has too much shade for most plants. Forget Me Not flowers would thrive there and they also do well on slopes. Plant them in large masses, where they can make a dramatic presentation.

Types

Some of the favourite types of Forget Me Not flowers include the Victoria Azurea, deep, ultramarine-blue flowers that blooms in six weeks and is one of the re-seeding varieties. Sweet Violet is a cream-coloured flower that grow up to six inches high and like cool climates.

Problems

Forget Me Not flowers may be small, but they are tough. The only consistent problem is with the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, which includes moths and butterflies, including the Setaceous Hebrew C, a type of moth, who consider these flowers to be a food source.

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