Tuesday, February 20, 2018

13 Jul

How to Grow & Care for Pansies!

Pansies are colourful and extremely easy to grow, making them a favourite amonst gardeners all year round. They do however need some maintenance and care, here is our guide on all you need to know about planting and caring for Pansies.

How to Plant Pansies -

  1. Plant Pansies in a sunny spot in well drained soil.  Make sure you mix some compost or organic fertalizer into the soil when planting for best results.
  2. Plant not too closely to allow for root expansion.
  3. Pansies will need to be watered at least once a week, possibly twice if the weather is hot.
  4. Encourage more blooms through deadheading.

Winter flowering Pansies need to be planted out before the ground begins to harden due to frost, this will help the roots to develop.

How to deadhead Pansies -

Pansies look wonderful in containers and pots, especially outside your front door. To keep them blooming as long as possible you must ‘deadhead’ them. Deadheading is simply removing any faded or diseased blooms…

  1. Cut off any blooms that are fading or have already faded using sheers or scissors. You must cut off the blossom stem just above the first set of leaves.
  2. Cut off any seed heads that are forming or have formed. Pansies will not produce any more blooms if you let them go to seed.
  3. Cut off any infected, yellowing blooms do not put them in the compost if they are diseased.

How to prune Pansies -

If you see that your Pansy isn’t blooming and areas are thick with stem growth you should prune. Pruning the thick areas will allow the nutrients to feed the other parts of the plant and produce blooms.

Pansies need to be checked over every six weeks, this will help you discover any growth problems that may need combating and help you detect plants in ill health.

Remove all dropped leaves, blossoms and stems on the ground. Debris can trap moisture, which causes root rot and provide the perfect environment for pests.

A few tips and tricks -

  • Pansies are relatively pest and disease free. If you see any infected/yellowing leaves, prune right away.
  • Mix Pansies with spring or autumn flowering bulbs for a longer display. The Pansies will provide colour before your bulbs start to bloom.
  • Don’t buy Pansies already in full bloom, you will have better luck with smaller buds. They’ll give you more flowers in the long run.

Do you have a stunning display of Pansies? Send us your photographs to gardenersblog@jerseyplantsdirect.com!


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