Pansy Care Tips

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This article provides a review of the best varieties of Pansies for the Southern US
by Brett · All Zones · Annual Plants · 0 Comments · September 24, 2013 · 7,588 views

Pansy Growing & Care Tips

  • In container gardens, I often mix violas with pansies and other cool season annuals, such as flowering cabbage and kale and snapdragons. I might use some type of evergreen shrub, ornamental grass, such as Juncus, or evergreen perennials such as Autumn Fern, as a centerpiece or background in large containers.
  • Pansies hate wet feet (constantly soggy or wet soil). Plant them in raised or mounded flowerbeds that drain well. When planting in containers use a well-drained potting mix to fill the container. Avoid cheap-grade potting soils as they usually hold too much water, unevenly.
  • Feed pansies with a flower food containing nitrate for of nitrogen (first number in fertilizer). How often you feed will depend on wether or not the fertilizer is slow- or quick-release. Follow instructions on product label for application rates.
  • While not vigorous feedesr, pansies will perform best if fertilized regularly until the temps drop in early November. No point feeding pansies through the winter months but get ready to pump them up about mid to late February, generally speaking.
  • Whether growing pansies in flowerbeds or in containers, it's best to allow the soil to dry out somewhat between waterings. Pansies do not like constantly soggy, wet soil.
  • Mulch helps to keep the soil cool and moist, lessening the need for supplemental water.
  • Deadheading spent flowers helps to encourage more buds and flowers. Pinch or snip the flower stems off as low to their base as possible.
  • Keep in mind that pansies are on the deer menu. I spread Milorganite around the perimeter of my flowerbeds and it works well to repel deer.

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