How to Grow Pansy Flowers or Pansies
Pansies are one of the earliest flowering plants, blooming right alongside
your spring bulbs. These members of the violet family herald in the new garden
season, with a wide variety of bright, brilliant colors. Pansy flowers include
almost all colors of the rainbow including black, and many bi-colors. There
are so many combinations of these profuse bloomers that we don't' think any
two are alike!
Pansies are popular, easy, and fun to grow. Fill an area or entire bed with
Pansies for a striking spring effect! They also are great in windowsills
Pansy are grown from seeds. Pansy plants like full to partial sun. Pansies
can be directly seeded into your flower garden or seeded indoors for
transplanting later. For spring blooms, you need to start your Pansies in
pots and containers indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost.
Sow Pansy seeds early in the season and cover lightly with 1/8" soil.
Water thoroughly once. They germinate slowly.
Note: We highly recommend a
heated germination mat, to increase
the speed of germination, and for a higher germination rate.
Transplant young Pansy plants into your garden after the last frost date
for your area. Space them 6" apart. They will tolerate a little crowding.
If you are creating a flower bed, you may want to create a pattern or color
scheme prior to planting. Or, use mixed varieties.
How to Grow Pansies:
Pansies prefer cool to warm climates, and wilt a bit in
mid-summer heat. In warmer areas, we recommend partial shade.
Pansy plants tolerate a variety of soils. Add a general purpose fertilizer
when planting them, then once a month after that.
Once your Pansy plants are established, they should grow well, even if left
unattended. Soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods,
once or twice per week. Keep them well weeded.
Remove spent blooms, to promote additional blooms, and extend the blooming
period. This will also keep the appearance neat and attractive. Also see
Pansy plants are hardy annuals. They will often survive the first frost,
if it is light. They will not survive a hard frost or freeze.
Insect and Disease:
Pansies seldom have problems with insects and disease. If insect or disease
problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and
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