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20 Sheets Forget-me-not Seed Paper

£8.99 Inc VAT

Made in Britain

Description

RHS Plants for PollinatorsForget-me-nots are pretty little blue flowers with yellow centres.  This Forget-me-not seed paper is liberally scattered with Forget-me-not seeds and is made from 70% cotton and 30% recycled paper.  We have had it made especially for us to our specification so you won’t find it elsewhere!    The paper comes as a pack of 20 approximately A5 sheets (they may be slightly smaller or slightly bigger depending on batch).

This paper is quite thick so is ideal for making greetings cards or cutting shapes from.  It is probably not suitable for printing on as quite thick and the seeds may drop into the printer!  A planting information card is included.

About Forget-me-nots (Myosotis)

Forget-me-not is a very ancient plant, used traditionally for carpeting between tulips and wallflowers.  It was also the personal emblem of Henry of Lancaster (later Henry IV) who believed that whoever wore it would not be forgotten.  The Latin name comes from the word for mouse ear, which the leaves tend to resemble.

In German folklore, a knight picked Forget-me-not for his love as they walked by a river.  He tripped and fell in but before he drowned he threw his love the flowers and cried  “Forget me not!”

Christian legend tells of Adam naming the plants and missing out Forget-me-not, who asked what she was called.  He replied, “You shall be my Forget-me-not”.  The plant is one of the Medieval key flowers to secret caves where treasure lay – press the flower against the hill, mountainside, whatever, and the walls will open.  Blacksmiths kept a bunch in their forge to protect horses from injury.

One tradition was for friends to exchange plants each leap year on 29 February, or to give forget-me-nots to anyone making a journey.  Some also believe that if it is planted on a loved one’s grave, it will never die as long as that person is still alive.  In Somerset, in days long gone,  people felt safer during May if they wore Forget-me-nots, due to the high number of witches around in this month.  If steel was tempered with Forget-me-not juice it would be able to cut stone.

Mid- to late-spring

About 20 cm

Hardy paerennial

Sun or semi shade (but do not plant outside until you have well-established seedlings)

Little sky-blue flowers with yellow centres

Forget-me-not seed paper is best planted in spring or autumn (preferably).  Give it a good water and then place the paper on top of a tray or pot of compost (it can be torn into smaller strips if necessary) and cover lightly with more compost.  Water lightly and then place somewhere warm and light to germinate.  It is important to ensure the paper doesn’t dry out!  Once you have Forget-me-not seedlings you can then plant the whole lot into the garden in a sunny spot or divide carefully into smaller patches and plant.  We don’t advise planting the paper directly into the soil outside.

How to plant seed paper

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