The Q&A Archives: Saving Forget-Me-Not Seeds

Question: I gathered a bunch of Forget-Me-Not seeds from my garden to send to a friend. Do I need to give them any special treatment (such as placement in a freezer) to get them to germinate this year?

Answer: Seeds of Myosotis (Forget-Me-Not) do not require any special treatment prior to germination. You can sow the seeds outdoors in the autumn or in the very early spring, or start them indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out after the last frost of the season. Sow the seeds on the surface of moistened seed starting mix (or prepared garden soil) and press them in with your hand. Keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. (Indoors place the trays or pots in a warm area such as on top of the refrigerator to hasten germination.) (Outdoors, they'll germinate when soil and air temperatures suit them.) You can expect seedlings to emerge 8-30 days after sowing. If you start your seeds indoors, water trays from the bottom and thin the seedlings as early as possible to avoid damping-off disease (to which they are prone). Thinning will increase air circulation around the plants, helping them remain healthy and happy.

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