The pansy is one of my favorite potted plants and each Fall I wait for the moment when they’re available at the nursery. Pansies offer a nice variety of color from traditional yellow and orange; the hardest part during that initial purchase is choosing the right colors.
I almost skipped purchasing this fall because I didn’t need more plants to take care of. But I had this planter to fill and pansies with ivy and pine cones seemed like the perfect match. I bet you have an empty planter too and a batch of pansy plants would be the perfect fit.
This time around I went to Lowes where racks of clearance pansies looked amazing. Since it was pretty late in the season I snagged four different colors and with excitement and hurried home to fill this planter box.
Pansies are normally planted in small seed starter containers so they need to be transplanted right away. This took me to our garden where six deep 4 inch recycled containers were available.
The garden pansy is a blooming hybrid for cooler seasons; this is why they’re available in the fall, late winter and early spring. This annual can be tricky to keep blooming through winter but if you live in the warmer states you know it’s possible even after a freeze to keep them blooming, especially if planted in a protected area.
I chose to transplant these pansies under the eve of the house in 4 inch containers.
Pansies need good drainage because it’s easy for them to get water logged.
First fill the bottom of each container with natural elements, this took me to the rose bed where I grabbed fall leaves and dirt.
Once the bottom was full I added plants and filled the gaps with more dirt.
Provide Pansies with plenty of sun and shade so they continue blooming and offer a good feed over the winter months. This is easy to do with the following recommendations.
- Keep soil moist and do not over water.
- Remove faded blooms.
- Fertilize during the winter.
- Transplant if necessary to larger pots.
If you live in the northern part of the country pansies may wither away by December if temperatures become severe.
I’m pretty sure this display will continue to bloom as long as I remember to water and add fertilizer.
My final tip is for those who raise chickens is keep pansies out of their reach. Chickens love to eat pansies; they will devour a plant right down to the base in a matter of minutes.
I refused to give up enjoying these cute flowers so I plant them in the backyard where the chickens are never allowed unless I’m overseeing. Hanging planters would also be another good option.
The Pansy is an easy flower to grow and it’s my hope you can enjoy these plants from now till next spring.