Planting Pansies - Soil And Location
Pansy plants are easy to grow and are suitable for nearly every garden
once you provide them with a sunny spot and a humus rich soil that is
not too dry.
You can either buy them already started in small pots or multi-packs.
This is of course the easiest way to grow them. You can decide and see
you like best when you pick them out at your local garden center.
You can plant those directly into the prepared soil or into containers.
Prepare the soil with compost and an organic base fertilizer. Make sure
the soil up well before planting
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If you need larger quantities of plants it is much cheaper to start them off from seeds. You can either buy pansy seeds online or get them at your local
These bedding plants like a humus rich, slightly acid garden soil. The
spot you choose for them should be sunny and ideally sheltered from wind
big flower heads don't get destroyed.
Growing Pansies from Seed
Start off pansy seeds in seed trays with a seed compost. Make sure that
the seeds are not too close to each other. If the seedlings end up too
to each other they can start bolting and they get weak.
Prick out (transplant) the seedling into small containers once they are big enough to handle. Don' forget
to use a weak liquid fertilizer once they have rooted well. After about six weeks the plants should be ready for planting out.
Flowering Time for Pansies:
Depending on when you want your pansy flowers you have to start the seeds!
- For flowers in the spring put the seed down in the summer of the previous year.
- Sow the seeds in the autumn and plant out in the spring for early summer flowers.
- Sow seeds in the spring for summer flowers.
Winter flowering pansies are bred to be more frost tolerant and to
flower very early in the year. They are great in containers or flower
beds. They do a
great job for filling gaps and cheering up the place when flowers are
Great companion plants for winter pansies are spring flowering bulbs. Particularly
dwarf daffodils or tulips work very well with them.
Important is to feed them when the ground is not frozen. That will keep them blooming for a longer period.
Care And Maintenance For Pansy Flowers
Avoid letting the ground or compost go very dry. Keep them well watered.
To prolong the flowering season dead-heading is very important. Just
pinch out the flower with the stem at the base to avoid that the plant
Use a fertilizer every two weeks to keep the plants vigorous and
Autumn planting is only possible in mild climates with little frost.
Waiting for the spring is more successful if you live in cold areas.
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