How to Winterize Forget-Me-Not

Forget-me-nots in bloom. image by Gianone_Miklos: Photo Bucket

Overview

Forget-me-nots are used as spring bedding plants. Growing upwards of 12 inches tall, they produce clusters of flowers in pink, blue or white in late spring and early summer. They mix well with bulbs, which push up through the flowers. Unless controlled, forget-me-nots are pervasive.

Step 1

Water the forget-me-nots regularly as the balloon flowers finish their blooming season. Keep the soil moist, but avoid soggy soil, which can create an environment for diseases and fungus.

Step 2

Remove the forget-me-not flowers as they fade. Since the flowers are self-sowing, leave a few plants to die down.

Step 3

Cover the planting site with mulch, well-rotted compost or decaying leaves to enrich the soil and keep it moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost, well-rotted manure or decaying leaves
  • Gardening gloves
  • Gardening shears

References

  • The Complete Garden Flower Book; Catie Ziller, Publisher; 2001

Who Can Help

  • Denver Plants: Woodland Forget-Me-Not
Keywords: perennials, winterizing flowers, forget me not

About this Author

After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written for such publications as "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun," "ParentLife," "Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s NY Times bestselling "Resolve." An avid gardener for 25 years, her experience includes organic food gardening, ornamental plants, shrubs and trees, with a special love for roses.

Photo by: Gianone_Miklos: Photo Bucket