Learning Download: How to Grow Pansies
Pansies are a very popular flower amongst beginning gardeners because they are easy to grow. They require minimal care, and they also have a long flowering season, so it’s a win-win for novice gardeners.
Before Planting: Pansies are easy to grow from seed, but keep in mind they take a long time to mature, so many gardeners will start the seeds inside up to 12 weeks before the last frost date.
Planting: To plant the seeds, press them in the soil about the same depth as the seeds are thick and cover them. Although they are cold hardy, be sure to harden them off a week or so before planting them in the garden.
Watering: Water the plants when the top inch of soil begins to feel dry. Pansies may require twice daily watering during the warmer weather.
Fertilizer: At planting time, amend the soil with a granular, general-purpose fertilizer. Use 1 teaspoon of fertilizer per every square foot of planting area.
Days to Maturity: Pansies will begin to bloom in the fall and then again in the spring.
Harvesting: Although pansies are beautiful and brightly colored in the garden, they don’t perform well as cut flowers.
Tips: One positive to pansies is they typically aren’t affected by pests or diseases, but slugs can cause issues. This problem can be handled by setting out slug traps or applying diatomaceous around the bed.