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MayLaneMayLane Posts: 203

I planted these out in the spring and they did well and have spread loads. Do I pull all the leaves out now or am I meant to leave them? 



  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    If they are forget me nots they will die when they have finished seeding because they are annuals. You can pull them up and put them on the compost heap. You will soon find their babies shooting up all over the place. Thin these out if they are very crowded and then again in Spring to get just what you want.

  • FireFire Posts: 18,938

    I thought they were bi-annual - so this year's babies will be next year's flowers.

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    Well, true but you can plant them in Spring too like cornflakes.

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    CornFLOWERS  thank you  predictive text. 

  • Posy says:

    Well, true but you can plant them in Spring too like cornflakes.

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     I like this better! image

  • FireFire Posts: 18,938

    Are cornflakes not bi-annual?

  • I love cornflakes. What a pity I can't grow some. Just had homegrown sweet corn for supper though!  Forgetmenots are the best weed control I know.  Treat then as green manure and let them self seed. In spring they will flower and look stunning. They are at their best in May and were used traditionally for headdress of May Queen. They will stop any other weed growing as are real thugs. Then just pull up while green and compost leaving the roots in the ground. Dig it all in and plant your summer veg once all danger of frost is over.  If you want leave a few clumps to set seed but it's hardly necessary as they will still come up everywhere anyway. 

  • FireFire Posts: 18,938

    Greenmum, if you grow sweet corn, you can make cornflakes.

  • MayLaneMayLane Posts: 203

    Ok so my for get me not foliage is still very green and growing. I think it is still this year's. Do I leave it or pull it up?  I thought it would die down. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,415

    if your forget me not foliage is green and growing it's this year's seedling for next year's flowers. They flower, seed and die, then seedlings appear all over

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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