Seed To Bloom:
Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Keep at 65-70°F.
Direct sow in early spring 2-3 weeks before last frost. In zones 8-10, sow outdoors in autumn.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
A good cut flower and a bee magnet, Chinese forget-me-not is at home in borders, informal meadow plantings, and edging. It requires little care, site in full sun in well-drained soils, and shear after flowering slows to prevent an excess of self-sown plants the following year. It is best in cooler summer regions or as a spring-bloomer in warm winter areas, where it can be replaced with a heat-loving summer annual.
While drought and wet tolerant, it prefers medium moist conditions. About 1" per week is plenty.
Slightly acidic to neutral
Does not need fertilizer.
Diseases & Pests:
No major pests or diseases.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when 1/2-3/4 open flowers on a stem.