Gardening Guide Pansies River2u.com
Overview
Pansies (violas) are cheerful, colorful flowers well suited to the cooler temperatures of fall and spring. There are varieties of pansies that can stay outside all winter as long as the weather is not too severe. With well over one hundred combinations of color and size, there is a pansy for every flower bed and container imaginable. Most are about 8 to 10 inches tall, but newer giant types are being introduced every year. Their smiling "faces" are a true delight at a time when few other flowers can survive outside.

The following should be considered when buying pansies:
  • Decide what color and height best suits the container or site to be planted.
  • The plants should have healthy looking green leaves and vigorous roots. Avoid those with leggy growth, yellowing leaves, or fading flowers.
  • If you are late in planting, choose larger containers of pansies which will give you a larger root system than the smaller packs. These will establish more easily.
Use potting soil for pansies planted in containers. Make sure to dig in some organic material such as peat moss when planting pansies in the ground. For a spectacular spring show, plant pansies around bulbs such as tulips and daffodils.



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