Spring Pansies Are Here!

Spring Pansies

Pansy Growing Tips

Without question, pansies are some of the most popular spring annuals in the Midwest. Their delicate and friendly ‘faces’ are a welcome respite after months of winter. Simple, straightforward and easy to grow, these perky flowers stand up to late spring frosts, even ice, and keep on blooming.

 

Growing Tips


  • As pansies are cool season plants, plant in full sun in cooler gardens and part-shade in warmer ones. They can be safely planted as soon as heavy frosts are over.

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When choosing pansies, look for stockier plants with dark green leaves as they make healthier plants.



  • Choose plants with many buds but few flowers in bloom.



  • Prepare soil with manure, leaf mold or compost with soil for optimum growing and drainage. Pansies do best in fertile, organic rich and cool soil.



  • Add mulch to preserve moisture and water deeply. The mulch also keeps the soil temperature cooler.



  • Add fertilizer, (granular or time release) when preparing soil before planting to keep pansies healthy and promote maximum growth. Or, use a water-based fertilizer according to package directions.

  • Deadheading spent blooms is one of the keys to a long-blooming season. This won’t allow the plant to set seeds so more energy is directed to the existing flowers.



  • Since the blossoms are edible, add them to flavor and color salads or desserts with their beautiful petals.