How to Grow Chinese Forget-Me-Not (Cynoglossum Amabile)

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The Chinese forget-me-not plant, or cynoglossum amabile, is a biannual plant that won't give blooms until their second year. Grow Chinese forget-me-not plants to a height of 20 inches with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to learn all about the Chinese Forget-Me-Not, and it's also known as Chinoglossum, or Cynoglossum Amabile, and it's a beautiful plant from China. So, the Chinese Forget-Me-Not is just like the Forget-Me-Not, and it's from China so it can handle quite cold climates too, and it's a biennial. That means the first year it'll come up and give you lots of foliage, but it won't give you blooms till' the second year, which sometimes you have to be patient on that one, which is a beautiful plant, and it's worth the effort. And it has blue, white, and pink flowers, and it has spring through summer blooms. They're great in zones five through nine, so they don't like really hot climates and they don't like really, really cold climates either, but any climate that's similar to China they thrive in. They reseed themselves every year, so if you start with one plant they'll just drop seeds for the next year. So, you can't really start them by division cause' they don't really make it over the winter, but they easily reseed and you'll have em' for many years. So, Cynoglossum Amabile is an upright annual or biennial, growing to a height of about twenty inches, and it has dull green hairy leaves, and flowers, and racemes, and they're generally blue; although white and pink ones are available too. And they're produced in the spring through the summer, and it self-seeds very readily. And they're great in zones five through nine, so they do really well in almost any conditions. Just make sure you give em' lots of sun, and good drainage, and water em' well when they're blooming in the summer.