About Chinese Forget-Me-Not: This Asian wildflower has slightly larger flowers and rougher foliage than its more well-known European counterpart. The genus name Cynoglossum, meaning “hound’s tongue,” is derived from the resemblance of the coarse leaves to a dog’s tongue. The Chinese Forget-Me-Not won the prestigious All-American Selections Award in 1939, and has been a garden favorite ever since.
Chinese Forget-Me-Not Germination: Direct sow in early spring after the last frost. Sow ¼” below the surface and keep the soil consistently moist until germination, which should occur in 7-10 days. This seed can be fall planted in regions with warm winters. To start the seed indoors, plant it in a flat or individual peat pots 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring. Keep the soil consistently moist and at a temperature of 70 degrees F until germination. Transplant after the last frost, spacing the seedlings 8-10” apart.
Growing Chinese Forget-Me-Not Seeds: Water the seedlings during their first few weeks of growth. Mature plants tolerate dry soil quite well, and will only need occasional watering in drought conditions; they may flop over in rich or moist soil. These plants will readily reseed themselves, and can spread in good growing conditions. If this is undesirable, cut the plant back after the blossoms fade to prevent the seed heads from forming. This plant attracts bees and butterflies.
Harvesting Chinese Forget-Me-Not: For fresh flowers, cut the stems near the ground and place them in water immediately; strip the leaves that will fall below the water.
Saving Chinese Forget-Me-Not Seeds: After flowering, this plant will produce clusters of sticky seeds that turn from reddish green to their ripe brown color. Strip them from the stems, and spread them out to dry away from direct sunlight. Separate the seeds from the debris and store the cleaned seeds in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Chinese Forget-Me-Not Info: Origin: Asia Other Common Names: Chinese Hound's Tongue, Gypsyflower Duration: Annual/Biennial Bloom Time: Summer-Fall Height: 12-18 inches Spacing: 8-10 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 5,500 Produces a plant with pointed, rough green leaves and clusters of tiny sky-blue flowers with five petals.