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All About Pansies

Pansies are one of the most beautiful and widely used varieties of flowers. They come in a wide variety of colors and have heart-shaped leaves. Pansies usually contain two different colors, usually a lighter color with a darker color streaked within the leaves. They are a low lying flower that grows best in cool weather. Many attempts have been made to create a pansy variety suited for warmer weather, but none have been successful.



Where Do Pansies Grow Best

According to the USDA Hardiness Zone map, pansies grow best in Zone 7 or higher. Pansies are low lying plants that can self-seed. They grow best in a mixture of shade and sunlight. If you are looking to keep your pansies looking their best for as long as possible it is important to plant them in an area that is mostly shaded. They tend to die out when exposed to too much heat.

When do they Bloom?

Pansies can be seen blooming during late spring and into the early part of the summer before it gets too hot. They can sometimes spring up again during the fall as the weather cools. There are some varieties that have been cultivated to bloom during the winter. The Icy Pansy is a variety that can stand up to light snow during the winter.

Where to Plant

Pansies tend to grow no higher than 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide. They are a good flower for edging. Many people plant them along pathways to add a splash of color. Pansies also grow around and behind rocks, so planting them around large stones will soften up the look and feel of your flower garden.


Pansies grow in a wide variety of styles and colors. They have been cultivated to grow in most seasons except for extreme heat. Choosing a variety depends on what USDA zone the flower will be grown in and what colors work best with the flowers already growing in the garden.  Although not large plants, size depends on what variety or series the grower chooses.

Bingo Series This is one of the larger varieties of pansies and is available in 14 colors. Bingo Series Pansies grow best in the winter and spring. The colors are rich and bold within the center of the flower and lighter toward the exterior of the petals. They are very common in commercial gardens due to the brightness and variety of colors.

Joker Series – These pansies have very pronounced colors. The color pattern resembles a tie die effect. This series contained the 1990 AAS winner. The winning flower was a vibrant flower of deep purple and orange. The joker series pansies grow best during the spring and early summer.

Princess Series – This variety of pansy tends to be smaller than the others. They have yellow centers with a variety of colors on the petals. The princess series is another variety of pansy that grows best in spring and early summer.

Starting From Scratch

Most people tend to buy pansies as plants rather than seeds. Once the pansy begins to grow, they are relatively easy to care for, but starting from a seed does have its own issues. Pansies grow best in cool loose soil. Planting should be done in soil with a temperature of between 60 and 65 degrees F. Pansies require darkness during the germination process. Once planted, it is a good idea to cover the planting area with heavy duty black plastic in order for the pansies to germinate properly. The soil should be checked daily to ensure that it stays moist. The pansies will not begin to grow properly if the soil is dry. It is also recommended that the soil be slightly acidic.

Once the germination process is completed and the shoots of the plants are visible, the plastic should be removed to let in the light. The average germination period is 1 to 2 weeks. It will take an average of 15 weeks for pansies to bloom from the time they are planted.

Pansies require a great deal of sunlight once bloomed and will deteriorate once the heat of summer is evident. Do not simply pull up the pansies once they begin to wilt. If they remain in the garden throughout the summer, they may renew their vibrancy once the cool weather returns in the fall. Trimming the plants will encourage more blooms to sprout.

Problem Pests

There are relatively little pest that are of concern when it comes to any variety of pansy. Slugs and aphids are virtually the only pests that will attach themselves to the plants. Slug baits and insecticidal soap will keep the pests away. Many people choose to blast aphids with large amounts of water. Pansies are delicate flowers so doing so may damage the plants.

Remember to fertilize your pansies to keep them healthy. They will not keep all year long, but taking great care of your pansies will ensure you will enjoy the vibrant colors for a great deal of the year. Pansies may be a pain to get started, but they are a resilient flower once growing correctly.

Pick up some Pansies at Trax Farms in Finleyville PA and if you have any questions about planting, growing and maintaining your flowers, just ask one our staff members.


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528 Trax Rd. Finleyville, PA 15332
(12 miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 88)
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