Members of Myosotis can be hardy annuals, biennials and perennials, but are usually grown as annuals by gardeners.
They are woodland plants and can reach about 20 cm in height making them useful for rock gardens or at the front of borders.
Myosotis flower from the beginning of spring through to summer (species dependent) and carry aggregated tiny flowers of blue. A common name for Myosotis is Forget me not.
Myosotis - Pink forget me not by Phoebe photo (FeeBeeDee).
Common Names: Forget me not.
Life Cycle: Hardy annual. Hardy perennial. Hardy biennial commonly grown as a hardy annual by gardeners.
Height: 4 to 20 inches (10 to 50 cm).
Native: Europe, Asia, North America, Australasia.
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 8.
Flowers: Early spring and /or summer.
Flower Details: Blue, pink white; centres are yellow. Flat flowers. Five lobes.
Foliage: Alternate. Lanceolate. Oblong.
Sow Outside: Cover seed. Annuals: before last frost. Perennials: before last frost or in autumn. Biennials: summer. Spacing 5 to 10 inches (12 to 20 cm).
Sow Inside: Vermiculite. Water from below. Germination time: one to four weeks in the dark. Temperature 70°F (21°C). Nine or ten weeks in advance. Transplant outdoors before the last frost or in autumn.
Requirements: Light shade. Soil pH 5.5 to 7.5. Rich soil. Moist soil. Regular watering. Propagate: dividing at the start of spring.
Miscellaneous: The genus is named Myosotis (Mouse ear in Greek) because of the similarity of its leaves to the ears of a mouse.
If growing outdoors then sow the seeds of Forget Me Not's on the surface just before the last frost of spring. Forget me not likes to grow in a partially shaded area of the garden that has a rich moist soil and a pH of 6 to 7.
If starting off Forget me not and other Myosotis plants indoors then start about 2 months in advance. The seeds of forget me nots should be sown in vermiculite. It will take from one to four weeks to germinate at 18 to 20 degrees centigrade in the dark. It is necessary to water the forget me nots from below to stop them rotting. Once seedlings are ready transplant into the garden and grow about 15 to 20 cm apart.
It is easy to grow forget me nots, you may like to cut them back before they have chance to drop seed as they are liable to spread. If you require more Myosotis plants then the perennial varieties can be propagated by division at the start of spring.