Pansy plants (Viola × wittrockiana) are cheerful, blooming flowers, one of the first in the season to offer winter colors in many areas. Growing pansies are most common in late fall and early spring in the northern areas of the United States, while pansies in subtropical areas bloom all winter.
Pansy plant belongs to the Viola family, which comes from a small and dangerous species known as Johnny-Jump Up. Make some of the original viola in a pansy scene for the nice and gathered texture of your beds. Today's hybrid versions of purple plants adapt more easily to heat than in the past, with many flowers showing greater strength. Most prefer daytime temperatures in the range of 60 degrees F. (16 C.) and nighttime temperatures in the range of 40 degrees F. (4 C.).
How to Grow Pansy Flowers
Pansies may be started from seed or purchased as seedlings from the local garden center. The pansy plant may grow with spring and winter blooming bulbs such as crocus, tulips, and daffodils. Plants grown from seed may not flower until the second year, as pansy plants are biennials. Proper preparation of the soil goes a long way in getting the most from pansy plants. Work in organic material such as compost or well-rotted leaves to a 4 inch (10 cm.) depth before planting pansies. It adapts to the growing purple need for good soil drainage and provides nutrients when organic material is lacking. If pansies are grown in well-prepared soil, the need for manure is minimal. Pansies also prefer acidic soils, so do not add lime unless indicated by a soil test. Some pansy care is simple, water the pansies and pansies for longer flowering. Experiment with growing pansies in pots and in the garden. Many colors and sizes of pansies give them many opportunities to stand on stage. It is almost impossible to take care of pensions. Plan some of these beauties in your garden this year.