Beautiful and dainty, Forget-me-nots are a classic springtime cottage garden flower.
Filling your garden with gorgeous and vibrant clouds of blue, these little flowers symbolise remembrance, love and are said to bring protection and luck.
Equally happy in a window box, against a backdrop of colourful tulips or wallflowers in the garden or even in a wildflower meadow; the humble Forget-me-not is easy going and trouble-free but no less glorious for it.
They are great self-seeders....once you have Forget-me-nots you'll never have to buy the seeds again!
Once they have flowered, leave the plants in place and allow the seeds to fall naturally. Leave to overwinter and then relocate the new little seedlings to where you want them early the following spring.
Forget-me-nots are biennials. Sow them in May/June or in September. They are fully hardy and will flower the following April-June.
You can either sow them indoors in May or September onto moist compost and cover very lightly. Germination takes 14-18 days. Keep moist but do not overwater.
Once they are large enough to handle, prick them out and pot on. You can overwinter the autumn seedlings in an unheated greenhouse or polytunnel or acclimatise gradually before planting them out into the garden.
Or if you prefer you can sow the seeds directly in May/June once all risk of frost has passed.
- Sow indoors in May or Sept onto moist compost and cover very lightly with seed compost.
- Once large enough to handle prick out and pot on. Overwinter in an unheated greenhouse or acclimatise and plant out
- Or sow direct into the soil in May/June or September once all risk of frost has passed.
- Germination takes 14-18 days
- Thin to 25 cm apart
- Height 15 cm
- Flowers April-June