Why Grow Pansy Flower Plants From Seeds?
A real favourite for a spring bedding display, underplanted with bulbs in beds or containers or even hanging baskets, these plants are workhorses that will not let you down.
Suttons have a selection that covers all types of tastes, try ‘Adonis’ for a simple bicolour of white and light purple flowers. ‘Fragrant mix’ is a riot of yellows, purples and whites and grows well in a container. ‘Winter flowering mix’ a winter pansy seed for uplifting colour through the dark months.
Growing Pansies From Seed
A hardy biennial/perennial, pansy seeds need to be sown between May and July outdoors to bloom over the following spring. Alternatively, you can sow them under glass between February and April to provide you with some lovely flowers between May and September that same year!
- Sow your Pansy seeds from March to July in cool weather conditions in a cold frame to flower following spring
- Winter pansy varieties can be sown from May June July
- It’s good to Cell trays with good peat-free seed compost, dressing the surface with a thin layer vermiculate to help prevent excess water
- Pansies enjoy full sun or partial shade, give them a good rich soil with good nutrient content. If growing pansies in containers, use peat-free compost. Pansies will benefit from a light organic mulch during cold temperatures
- Mix a balanced fertiliser into final planting space, Bocking 14 Comfrey pellets are an excellent supply of slow-release fertiliser. Dig in Organic matter if the soil is heavy.
- Water in dry periods and pick over dead flowers to encourage further flowering. Beware of mildews, if you spot greying on the leaves, remove them.
How do I germinate Pansy Seeds UK?
Your pansy seeds should germinate within 10 to 21 days. If sowing under glass when the young pansy seedlings begin to develop transplant them into trays 5cm apart. Then the pansy plants need to be acclimatised to outside conditions before planting out at 26cm apart.
Pansies are easy enough to grow and will survive frost through the winter months. Plants sown in your own garden will have the advantage of being acclimatised. Another great reason to grow Pansies is their edible flowers, traditionally used to decorate salads. Try mixing these plants with Primroses and plant Tulips to grow through for a fantastic spring display. Try this design in containers outside the front door.
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