Growing pansies will provide year-round blooms in your garden. These dainty, delicate flowers include winter-flowering bedding plants that give you color when most garden plants are dormant.
Pansies also grow well in baskets and containers, adding cheerful color around your garden.
The following resources offer effective, healthy and/or well-rounded options. Click the links to go there now...
You can sow pansy seeds in late winter for summer flowering plants or in summer for winter and spring blooms. Fill a seed tray with sieved garden compost or an organic nutrient-rich seed starting mix. Water it very lightly. Sprinkle the pansy seeds lightly across the surface and add a small amount of compost to cover. Place on a windowsill or in a cold frame or greenhouse. Keep moist and thin plants out into individual modules when they are large enough to handle.
You can also take and plant softwood cuttings from perennial varieties in spring or late summer. Cut a stem just above a leaf node using a clean, sharp knife. Remove the lower leaves so that only the top two or three remain. Push two or three cuttings into a pot of moist compost, making sure their leaves don’t touch. Place in a sheltered place and keep moist. Transplant them into their own pots when growth is established next spring.
For effectice, healthy and/or well-rounded options, click the following links...
Standard flower watering guidelines apply, and no plant supports will be needed.
Deadhead pansies regularly to keep the flowers coming from spring to fall. Especially focus your pinching efforts on flower stalks at the sides of the plant to encourage new to shoots grow, making a bushier plant.
Gardeners don’t tend to think of pansies as cut flowers because of their short stems. But it’s possible to enjoy them if you have small containers and vases. Cut pansy flowers at the base of their stems using sharp pruning shears and put them into water immediately.
Don’t overwater pansies as too much water resting on the leaves may encourage fungal growth and diseases. Dig up and destroy any infected plants to prevent diseases from spreading.
The following pests and diseases have been known to affect the success of growing Pansy Plants (see Organic Garden Pest Control for information about how to prevent and address pests and diseases)...
Figured out a unique and effective way to grow them in your region?
Solved a problem that's been plaguing you?
Want to show off some pictures?
Was this page helpful? If so, please tell your friends about it with a Facebook like or via Twitter, Pinterest, email or good old fashioned word of mouth. Thank you for supporting our efforts!