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Care of the plant Myosotis or Forget-me-nots.

Care of the plant Myosotis or Forget-me-nots

The genus Myosotis, family Boraginaceae, comprises 50 species of annual and perennial plants native to temperate regions of Asia, Europe and Australia. Some species are: Myosotis alpestris, Myosotis sylvatica, Myosotis decora, Myosotis palustris, Myosotis australis, Myosotis caespitosa, Myosotis arvensis, Myosotis dissitiflora.

Common names: Forget-me-nots, Scorpion grasses.

They are small herbaceous plants of erect bearing that reach 30 cm (11.8") in height. They have alternate, hairy, spatula-shaped or oblong leaves. The pretty flowers appear in branched inflorescences and can be blue, pink, white, or yellow. They bloom in spring and summer. The small fruits are of a glossy dark color.

They are used in borders next to ponds, in pots for balconies and combined with spring bulbous (plant in autumn).

They need a full sun or semi-shade exposure. Annual average temperatures should be 15-25 ºC (59-77 ºF).

The soil must be well drained, contain enough organic matter, and have some ability to retain moisture. Planting is done in autumn or spring.

Water regularly so that the substrate does not dry out completely; it's important to greatly reduce watering in winter.

Fertilize every 15 days with mineral fertilizer from early spring to late summer.

Prune faded flowers to favor the appearance of new inflorescences; cut above the 3rd leaf from the base of the plant.

They are quite resistant plants to pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seed sown in spring, from cuttings of non-flowering shoots in summer or by division in spring or after flowering.

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