Pansy Growing Guide

All you need to know to grow successfully!

Plant Family:
Violaceae
Plant Type:
Annual

Square Foot Spacing:

16
Typical Season:
Cool
Typical Zones Grown In:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Growing Difficulty:
Easy

Pansies are a type of flower that belong to the genus Viola. They are known for their large, distinctive petals that come in a wide range of colours, including shades of purple, blue, yellow, orange, pink, and red. Pansies are a popular choice for garden beds, borders, and containers due to their low-growing, compact habit and long bloom time. They are also edible and can be used to add colour and flavour to salads and other dishes. Pansies prefer cool weather and can be grown in the spring and fall in most climates. They require well-drained soil and regular watering to thrive.

How to Grow Pansy Organically

  1. Choose a planting site: Pansies prefer well-draining soil and partial shade, although they can tolerate some sun.
  2. Plant the seeds or transplants: Pansies can be grown from seeds or transplants. If planting from seeds, sow them directly into the garden bed in the early spring. If using transplants, plant them in the early spring or fall.
  3. Water the plants: Pansies prefer to be kept moist, so water them deeply once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  4. Fertilize the plants: Pansies will benefit from a light application of balanced fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10, once or twice during the growing season.
  5. Deadhead the flowers: Pansies will continue to produce flowers throughout the growing season, but they can benefit from deadheading. This means removing spent flowers from the plant to encourage more blooms.
  6. Protect the plants: Pansies are generally hardy plants, but they can be damaged by extreme heat or cold. Cover them with a light layer of mulch or row cover to protect them from the elements.

With these simple steps, you can grow your own beautiful and colourful pansies in your garden or containers. Pansies are often used in borders, edgings, and as a complement to other plants in mixed containers.

Planting Guidelines

The following are general guides to follow. However, nothing is set in stone. Feel free to experiment!

How to Start:
Indoor
When to Direct Sow:
March, April, May
When to Start Indoors:
March , April , May
Sprouting Time:
2-4 Weeks

Ideal Temperature (C):

2-24°C
Depth:
3-6 mm
Spacing (cm):
20 cm
Row Spacing (cm):
8-12 inches
Sun Exposure:
Part Shade
Maturity Time:
2-3 Months
When To Harvest:
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
How to Harvest:
Cut Flower Heads

Health Benefits

Growing your own food is one of the best things you can do for your health. Let’s check out some of the health benefits!

Is It Edible?
Yes
Edible Parts:
Leaves, Flowers
Potential Health Benefits:
Vitamin C, Low Calorie

Tips to Growing Organically

Growing without the use of pesticides and herbicides is easier than you may think and it’s better for the environment!

Companion Plants:
Lettuce, Spinach, Broccoli
What Plants to Avoid:
Common Pests:
Aphids, Slugs, Caterpillars
Common Disease:
Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew, Root Rot
Bonus Grow Tips:
Plant in cooler weather, harvest flowers when they are fully open

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