So you want to see something other than sad gray walls when you look out your apartment window? How about a shock of romantic blue fuzz? Yes? Then container Forget-Me-Not is the plant for you: unfussy, aesthetic and a major stress reliever. Think yoga for the eyes! To get you started, here's a bit of background on this spring favorite.
The wood Forget-Me-Not is a native of Europe and Asia. It is a 6-12 inches tall bushy plant that produces tiny deep blue flowers (it comes in pink and white too) in May and June, often dying by July. It grows in average, moist soil in part shade to shade, which means you can plant it under trees or next to bushes, as borders. Full sun is also not a problem.
It's best to plant Myosotis when danger of frost is over. Planted in the fall or late summer, Myosotis blooms the following spring. Plants tend to self-seed aggressively and will persist in the garden for years. That's a lot of bang for a Myosotis buck. But what if you're creating a formal garden or a neat border? No problem. Seedlings can be easily removed in the fall or right after the plants bloom in the spring. If you also want longer bloom time (and who doesn't?), just trim the spent blooms and you're good to go. Easy!
The recommended growing zones for this plant are 7 - 1 (AHS Heat Zone), 5 - 9 (USDA Hardiness Zone) and 1-24, 32-45 (Sunset). Now don't panic, these zones are just maps telling you where Myosotis grows best. Are you ready to get materials? Read on!
Seeds.You can buy container garden Myosotis seeds or seedlings from your local nursery. The internet is also a great source. Even Amazon carries Myosotis seeds (who knew?).
Pots and Containers. The Myosotis plant 'spills' so you need to give it room to spread. For containers, choose large (12 to 24 inches) clay or glazed ceramic, thick plastic, or cedar. Avoid wood containers treated with toxic compounds that may damage the plants. Ask a person from your local nursery if you get confused about the choices. Myosotis likes its soil well-drained. Make sure to put holes at the bottom of the containers!
Soil. Myosotis grows in average to rich garden soil with plenty of organic matter. You can make this happen by working in a few spades of compost into your existing garden soil.
Planting. OK, so you have everything you need. Time to plant! Sprinkle seeds in the container with about five inches of space between them (about 2-3 plants per container). Cover seeds with an inch of soil. Drench with water, keep evenly moist. Do not allow to dry out.
Maintenance. Myosotis seldom needs fertilizing but you can use one with a high phosphorous content for flowering plants. Early in the spring, just scatter a small amount of fertilizer under the plant up to the container rim. Don't over-fertilize! Pull up withered plants in late summer to encourage blooms. Water fully and deeply. Set containers outside where they can get sunlight.
There you have it. Just sit back, relax, and know you have something to look forward to in spring!