The Q&A Archives: Do Forget Me Knots Need A Lot Of Sun?

Question: Instructions on forget me knots, planting of seeds, watering, sun or no sun, type of dirt,etc.

Answer: There are several types of forget-me-not. Anchusa capensis (aka summer forget-me-not, cape forget-me-not, bugloss, alkanet) needs a moist fertile soil in sun or partial shade. You could start seeds 6 to 8 weeks before the last expected frost or sow them in place after all danger of frost. Plant them about a foot apart.

Cynoglossum amabile (Chinese forget-me-not, hound's tongue) is very adaptable and will grow happily in wet or dry soil in sun or part shade. This plant usually self sows with abandon and can become a pest. Plant these about a foot apart; sow seed in very early spring as soon as the soil can be worked.

Myosotis sylvatica (also sometimes call M. oblongata or woodland forget-me-not) does fine in most soils and under most lighting conditions but it requires cool temperatures, similar to pansies. In cold climates (freezing winters) seeds should be planted in early spring, or, if some protection is available can be planted in the fall to bloom the following spring.

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