Forget-me-nots are beautiful, low-maintenance flowers that are a great option for novice and expert gardeners alike. Easy to care for, these flowers bloom bright blue, pink or white, and are the perfect way to carpet a garden or let a friend know you care. However, even straightforward plants can have problems. Here are a few common mistakes people make when growing forget-me-nots, and how to overcome them:
1. Growing Wild
Forget-me-nots are perennials that regrow themselves year after year, which can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you don’t have to plant them every year to keep your garden looking great. On the other, they can easily get out of control. Since they drop their own seeds, they sometimes sprout up in places you didn’t plan for.
If this happens, the good news is forget-me-nots aren’t particularly bothered by being moved. Simply unearth the flower and replant it wherever you want it to be.
2. Getting Too Much Sun
These flowers do particularly well in shaded areas and can’t handle too much sun and heat. If they’re planted in an area that gets full sun, try to move them somewhere that is shadier. If you don’t have any shady areas available, forget-me-nots can sometimes handle full sun if they get extra water. However, if you live in a hot climate, extra water won’t be enough. Planting the flowers somewhere shady is always the best way to get them to thrive.
3. Getting Too Little Water
Great locations for forget-me-nots: woods, bogs and that part of your yard all the rainwater collects in. These flowers love water, which means that it’s easy to underwater them. Make sure they’re getting a lot of moisture, paying particular attention to days that haven’t seen much rain.
If your flowers are only partially shaded, it’s also worth paying attention to how dry the soil is during the sunny parts of the day. If you find that the soil dries up, be sure to give the plants a little bit extra during those times.
4. Being Undernourished
Depending on the nutrients in your soil, forget-me-nots may need to be fertilized twice a year: in spring, when they’re planted, and again in the fall. Early fall is the time of year to give them that second fertilization if they’re looking a little under-the-weather. This will give them a little bit of a boost at the end of their season, and prepare them to grow again strong and beautiful next spring.
5. Looking Gross
When forget-me-nots hit the end of their life cycle, they start to look a lot uglier. It’s tempting to remove them from your garden at this stage, but resist the urge: Removing the flowers will make them less likely to grow again the following year. Instead, leave them be and allow them to give nourishment to the plants that will grow later in the season. This will ensure that all of the leftover seeds land in your garden, which will mean a beautiful bloom a few months from now.