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Growing Pansies

Growing Pansies

Majestic Giants 11 Hybrid


Popular cold-tolerant flowering annuals. Great in garden beds, color bowls, mixed containers, and in pots. Transplant outside in spring, up to 4 to 6 weeks before the last spring frost. Can start seed indoors 8 to 10 weeks before outdoor planting time. Plant seed about ¼ inch deep. Darkness promotes germination, so drape with black plastic or keep sown trays in a dark area until seed germinates. Check daily, and bring into lighted area as soon as seedlings begin to "peek" out of the soil, usually 5 to 12 days. 


Easy-to-grow plants that prefer full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Plants prefer cool climates and tolerate cold and some frost. Flowering declines in summer in hot summer areas. Using an organic mulch keeps soil temperatures cool. Often planted in fall for spring flowering, especially in hot summer areas. For fall planting, transplant in late summer to early fall, 4 to 6 weeks before the first expected fall frost. Pansy is hardy in mild winter areas (hardiness zone 7 and above) and usually survives winter in zones 4 and 5 if mulched or planted in protected sites.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other annuals attractive in fall gardens include Jung's Special Cabbage And Kale Hybrid Mix (05711), Mix Asti Hybrid Osteospermum (07137), and Liberty Classic Hybrid Snapdragon (05125). 

Complimentary Products

A moderate feeder which benefits from regular fertilization. Other edible flowers include Neon Calendula (05331) and Supra Purple Dianthus (05604).

Product Recommendations

Actinovate Organic Fungicide (50201) can naturally protect plants from diseases.

Pansy Facts

Not commonly plagued by problems. Aphid, spider mites, and slugs can attack plants. Root and stem rot diseases can occur in poorly-drained, soggy soils. Edible flowers can be used as a garnish, in salads, or can be candied by painting them with a sugar solution. 

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