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How to Grow Pansy Flowers or Pansies

Pansy flower, 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 and containers.

Plant Height: 9"

Plant Propagation:

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.

Days to Germination: 14 - 21

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 deadheading blooms

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.

Flowers Bloom: Spring thru Fall

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 fungicide.

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