Do not forget me

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Forget-me-not plants are especially known for giving off beautiful and delicate blooms in colors like blue and pink depending on the species. They are small plants that require very little care, making them ideal for any type of person, whether they are a lover of agriculture or not.

The ideal, of course, is to offer them the conditions with which they are most comfortable to preserve their health and ensure an exceptional flower emission. And how is all this achieved? It is just what we are going to tell you in today’s post so do not forget to join us in this interesting reading.

Important points when planting Forget-me-nots:

  • When? In spring.
  • Where? Outdoorsin full sunlight or semi-shade.
  • How do we prepare the land? With organic matter to nourish it and ensuring that it has good drainage.
  • How should we water? With drip or watering can.
  • How often do you have to water? In summer you have to water every two days if it is exposed to the sun and humidity because it evaporates quickly. In spring, two weekly waterings will suffice. In autumn and winter a fortnightly watering.
  • What care do you need? Subscribers during spring and summer to improve flower production. Just prune thewilted parts.
  • What pests and diseases does it have? The main ones that can cause damage are mealybugs, slugs and snails. In diseases, the most common is botrytis.

What characterizes forget-me-nots?

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The main characteristics of this species are:

  1. Duration of the leaves: they can be deciduous or perennial depending on the climate in which they are living.
  2. Size: they grow little, covering a height of between 30 and 80 centimeters.
  3. Flowers: colored, that vary between blue and pink, made up of 5 petals that together give it a diameter of 1 centimeter. The center contrasts with the rest of the body as it is white or yellow.
  4. Multiplication: it is done by means of its seeds.

What is the meaning of the forget-me-not flower?

The meaning of this flower is associated with the feeling of a person (usually a man) who loves desperately.It also refers to love that lasts forever, hence it is known under the name of forget-me-not. For less intense situations, the forget-me-not is a sign of brotherly love, of friendship.

Where to plant forget-me-nots?

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The ideal place is outside, although it can be both in the garden and in a pot.To get it to bloom, it needs to receive a minimum of 4 hours of sunlight a day, accepting to be exposed all day without problems.

The soil is better if it is rich in nutrients to stimulate a good development and, in time, a correct flowering. This is a condition that you must ensure is present in both the soil and the substrate you use for pots.

In addition, it must have a favorable drainage capacity to reduce the chances of waterlogging.

How to take care of the forget-me-not plant?

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The care is oriented to issues such as irrigation, fertilization and pruning.Irrigation must be constant in summer to help counteract the rapid loss of moisture that occurs due to the sun and high temperatures.

The ideal is to apply a localized irrigation (drip or watering can) every two days, reducing them to twice a week in spring. For autumn and winter, a fortnightly watering will suffice to prevent flooding that affects it.

Forget-me- nots are capable of withstanding a certain level of drought, but never waterlogging. As for the subscriber, it is advisable to apply some organic composition (such as humus) during spring and summer to improve flowering.

It is also possible to rely on fertilizers for flowering plants, but taking care that the amount used complies with all the manufacturer’s recommendations. Pruning is not a task that will require effort because, in general, it does not need it.

The only times when it is convenient to apply cuts is when there is an area in poor condition and it is only to improve the appearance of the plant.

What are the leaves of the forget-me-not plant like?

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The leaves are small, basal structure and lanceolate, oval in shape.They have a characteristic green color and grow numerous on branches that expand in all directions.

The buds help flowering, so it is better to make the necessary cuts from the fourth bud, when necessary.At the time of watering, it is better to keep the foliage dry because that way you avoid creating environments conducive to the development of diseases.

What are the main types of forget-me-nots?

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Forget-me-nots are plants of the myosotis family and the main known types are:

  1. Myosotis alpestris: is a species that originated in the European Alps, hence its name. It is evergreen , grows up to 30 centimeters tall, and has blue flowers.
  2. Myosotis sylvatica: This is a characteristic forget-me-not of the forest that grows only about 15 centimeters and also produces blue flowers.
  3. Myosotis arvensis: in this case, the forget-me-not is of the annual type and is very popular in Europe. It produces blue flowers and is capable of growing up to 40 centimeters.
  4. Myosotis scorpioides: It is the type of forget-me-not best known for giving pink blooms. It reaches a height of up to 70 centimeters.

The history of forget-me-nots throughout time is striking due to the particular uses that were given to them during the Second World War. However, in our time, the most important thing is to know that it is a species that greatly favors the environment where it is planted.

By emitting a large number of seeds that are transported thanks to the wind, it is easy to self-sow, which takes a lot of work off of it. If we add to all this that it is very undemanding in terms of the care that must be taken to keep it healthy, the ornamental value is much higher.

Plant a forget-me-not and enjoy one of the most spectacular and decorative blooms you can have, even if you hardly care for it.

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