Wildflowers forum: Arctic Forget-me-not

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Name: Aaron
New York (Zone 7a)
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Jan 5, 2018 10:15 AM CST
The arctic forget-me-not is the state flower of Alaska.
I'm wondering if anyone has tried to grow this plant in New York state,
I have sown the seeds indoors today (maybe a bit early lol).

Thanks all, just wondering your experiences with this plant.
Name: josephine
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Jan 5, 2018 11:22 AM CST

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I never have, but it sounds pretty and challenging. Smiling
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Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Jan 5, 2018 11:52 AM CST
@Aracae Forget-me-nots should do very nicely in New York. As a child i remember them growing in southwestern Alaska along with the wild onions. There were fields and fields of them. They were the first wildflowers to come up while snow was still on the ground.
As an adult, i was surprised to see them growing in tropical Mexico, but these are not wild here. They have been planted. I think the question is if you plant them in garden soil or if you will be trying to grow them indoors and/or in a container. I don't know how they would do in containers. I suspect they would do better outside the confines of a pot. If you have just sown the seeds, i would set them outside...yes, i know what the weather is like where you are :), but i think they will have a better chance of success if they are outside. Then you can see them come up through the snow when it melts.

This suggestion comes from personal observation and not from practice. Hopefully some northeastern folks will show up to share their experiences with this beautiful plant. Smiling I would love to see a photo of the seedlings breaking through the snow.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 7, 2018 8:13 PM CST
What would be the Latin name for Artic For-get-Me-Nots ?
Name: Aaron
New York (Zone 7a)
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Jan 8, 2018 12:44 PM CST
@vitrsna THANK YOU for the wonderful idea! I planted a bunch (around 9 seeds) outside underneath some snow (no wonder the label said they need cold soil and darkness to germinate)!

I'm so excited to see if this works and will keep you updated if the plants sprout!

And hopefully we don't get more snow today Blinking

Hurray!
Name: Aaron
New York (Zone 7a)
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Jan 8, 2018 12:45 PM CST
@CarolineScott it is called Eritrichium nanum Green Grin!
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 9, 2018 9:44 AM CST
Do keep us posted on this plant !
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CarolineScott
Jan 10, 2018 9:44 AM CST
Sounded familiar, but I do not have that one---
I have seeds for Eritrichum canam which is an annual.
The nanum one would be better as it is a circum polar hardy
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Name: Beverly
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vitrsna
Jan 11, 2018 5:31 PM CST
I wish you success @Araceae and by all means keep us posted Smiling

@CarolineScott They should do nicely in Calgary Smiling

They are one of my favorite flowers because of the lovely memories they evoke. They are happy little flowers.
Name: Aaron
New York (Zone 7a)
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Mar 24, 2018 1:43 PM CST
One update folks! The arctic forget-me-nots did not sprout outside to my knowledge, not too sure why, but maybe I planted them too early. I did, however, plant some in a pot in my basement (they apparently need dark, cool places to sprout) and I got a few sprouts! Green Grin! Will show you all when they get a bit bigger!
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fwmosher
Mar 24, 2018 4:52 PM CST
Impossible for me to distinguish between the varieties of forget-me-nots, however, I "borrowed" some from a neighbour a couple years ago, and I have some almost every year. Always pick a couple for a small vase, but they are not a "Cut Flower" gem! They might last two days at best! Kind of like May Flowers, so nice to carry on the tradition, if only for a couple of days.

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