Forget-me-nots (Myosotis spp.) can be grown nearly anywhere, including indoors in containers. There is even a species that grows in water gardens. Buy plants online or at a garden center to set around the house for cheery spring flowers.

Commonly Grown Forget-me-nots

All common species have pink-, blue- and white-flowering cultivars:

  • Woodland or garden forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica) is the most commonly cultivated species. An herbaceous perennial, it is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 to 8, though it is often grown as an annual.
  • Alpine forget-me-not (Myosotis alpestris) is also readily available. It is hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9 and has slightly darker flowers than other forget-me-not species.
  • True forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) grows along the edges of ponds, lakes and streams, or in water gardens with up to 3 inches of water, in

    USDA zones 5 to 9. It can still be grown as a potted plant, though.

Potting New Forget-Me-Nots

Pot one forget-me-not plant in each 6- to 8-inch pot with drain holes in the bottom. Double the size of the container for two plants. The containers need to be big enough to hold 1 to 2 inches of soil on the sides and bottom around the roots. Use fast-draining houseplant potting soil with a pH of 5.6 to 6.0. The base of the plant should be no deeper in the soil than it was growing previously.


Set the forget-me-not in front of an east-, south- or west-facing window where it will be exposed to at least a few hours of direct sunlight.


Water forget-me-nots and alpine forget-me-nots when the top of the potting soil begins to dry. Water true forget-me-nots more often; keep their soil consistently wet. Water the plant until water runs through the drainage holes, but do not let any species sit in a saucer that remains full of water.


Fertilize them every third watering with 10-5-5 fertilizer diluted at a rate of 3/4 teaspoon per gallon of water. Always give fertilizer immediately after a regular watering.