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Question: I have lined my walkway with Forget-Me-Nots, however the first year I noticed under the green upper part of the plant which was doing fine with blue flowers etc. the under part was black, moist and wiltering. So, what I did was pull some of it off (the black part) a few of the plants,this was in early spring of last year. Well, the plants which I left alone seem to be showing some growth even through the black moist dead leaves. My question is that every one of them look like this for most of the year except early summer they look good. Should, I take all of this black off or leave it alone in hopes that it will go away eventually? I have to say there appearance looks good for such a short period of time that I think they need some drastic attention but I don't know what to do???
Jackie Telles

Answer: I have had similar experiences with forget me nots. The good thing is that the plants readily self-sow. With that in mind, I wait until they set seeds, then pull the plants up. The seeds germinate in a short time and healthy new plants will grow where the old, spent ones once were. If you think of forget me nots as short, early season annuals and pull them up when they finish flowering, you won't have to deal with the powdery mildew and mold that they develop when they've finished flowering.

Best wishes with your garden!

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