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The characteristics of forget-me-not
- Type: flower and flowering plant
- Height: up to 45cm
- Flower color: white, pink, blue
- Desired exposure: sunny, semi-shaded
- Type of soil: normal
- Sanitizing: no
- Varieties:Myosotis sylvatica, Myosotis rehsteineri, Myosotis scorpioides, Myosotis alpestris, Myosotis arvensis
Origins and characteristics of forget-me-not
Forget-me-not is a plant which has many nicknames such as "grémillet", "mouse-ear", "grass of love" or "do not forget me", which is the best known.
It is a plant that is found all over the world and more particularly in temperate regions. Its origins are European and it is classified in the category of boraginaceae.
Very popular in home gardens, the forget-me-not flower is available in three colors: white, pink and blue. This last variant is the most widespread. It generally measures between 15 and 30cm. Forget-me-nots can reach 60cm high.
Flowering takes place between April and June. The forget-me-not is small, it does not exceed 30 centimeters. The forget-me-not sows itself by itself, so you have to make sure it doesn't spread too much. It forms an excellent pair with the raspberry, thus preventing the arrival of worms on the fruit tree if it is planted at its feet.
Forget-me-not is the symbol of the Alzheimer Society. It represents memory loss, one of the symptoms of the disease. The plant also symbolizes the International Day of the Missing Children which takes place on May 25. Child Focus (Belgian Foundation) commemorates this day in Belgium every year and distributes forget-me-nots free of charge in the form of pins, stickers and sachets of seeds. "don't forget me", the forget-me-not, in addition to being very pretty, carries beautiful messages.
Forget-me-not (Forget-me-not) grows on any type of soil but it prefers well-drained, rich and fresh soil. Don't hesitate to fertilize it with a manure-based fertilizer. Ideal for growing in a planter or pot, you can also grow forget-me-not in borders or flower beds.
Favor a sunny exposure in regions with a temperate climate or semi-shaded in hot regions, which will allow the plant to grow easily.
Planting forget-me-not is generally done in open ground, from September to March, avoiding periods of frost. Sowing is carried out in the nursery between June and early September. If you prefer to sow in the ground, this is only possible in August.
Forget-me-not is a flowering plant that requires little maintenance. However, a few simple and quick gestures can keep the plant healthy.
Water your forget-me-not during hot weather. Generally, this plant does not need a lot of water daily, except in times of drought. If your forget-me-nots are in pots or in a planter, watering should be regular. Take care that the water is not stagnant in the saucer.
Remove faded flowers as you go, to ensure a good forget-me-not flowering.
The forget-me-not is an invasive plant, which is easily sown.
Forget-me-not diseases and pests
Forget-me-not fears powdery mildew as well as slug attacks.
Powdery mildew (or powdery mildew) occurs in summer. A white felting appears on the leaves of the plant, the young shoots or even the flower buds. To avoid this disease, it is necessary to act in prevention, by using baking soda. Mix 10g of baking soda, 4 liters of water and 40ml of mild liquid soap, and spray this solution on the leaves. If the disease has already been declared, remove the affected parts of the plant and spray with sulfur.
Slugs and other snails are also very fond of myosotis, especially young plants. Install beer traps to repel them.