Pansies are cold-loving annuals with colorful flower “faces” that brighten a garden in fall and winter. They have one of the widest ranges of colors of any annual and can be used in flowerbeds with other fall bloomers, in containers or window boxes, or any place you want a burst of color.
Pansies do best in temperatures ranging from about 60 degrees during the day to 40 degrees at night. Because they are very hardy, they can be set out at least a month before the frost-free date in your area.
If the winter isn’t too harsh, fall-planted pansies may surprise you and bloom again in spring.
Plant Pansies for Cheerful Color:
- Select a spot in bright sun for the most flowers. Plants grown in light shade will be lanky and won’t bloom as much.
- Water the plants and gently separate any tangled roots before planting.
- Plant in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost or composted manure.
- Space plants according to the directions on the label.
- Water after planting.
- Mulch 2” deep around plants.
- Apply a layer of straw mulch as soon as temperatures fall below freezing to protect pansies through cold winters.
- Fertilize once a month with a low-nitrogen fertilizer according to label directions.
- Deadheading, or plucking spent flowers, will keep plants producing new ones.