Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana)
Pansy Plant FeaturesWho can resist the charming faces of pansy? These happy-go-lucky annual flowers almost seem to smile as you walk by. Pansies comes in a myriad of colors and patterns that look their best in the spring or fall when the weather is cool. In fact, in milder climates, pansies will bloom all winter long. Pansies excel in beds and borders or packed into window boxes, hanging baskets, and containers. This foolproof, little sun-lover grows 6 to 9 inches tall and will bloom its head of until hot summer weather brings the flower show to a close. Colors include yellow, red, mahogany, blue, purple, mauve, pink, orange, white, and even black. Pansies also bear either clear or blotched flowers.
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Pansy Growing InstructionsPlant pansies in a sunny spot in rich, well-drained soil. The plants can tolerate some dryness, but prefer to be just slightly moist at all times. Remove the faded flowers as they appear to encourage the production of additional blooms. Fall-planted pansies have a tendency to be a bit larger and stronger than those planted in the spring because they have more time to develop a deeper root system while temperatures remain cool.
Pansies are sometimes called heavy feeders, meaning they bloom best when fertilized regularly. Use a slow-release fertilizer at planting time or use a product you dilute in water each time you irrigate your pansies to keep them blooming profusely.
Pansies are not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Super-easy to grow
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