As we move towards the end of summer and the start of autumn rears its chilly head, you might have started to think about how to change up your garden as the seasons shift. Winter Pansies are a popular spring and winter flower as they add a pop of colour to your garden even on the darkest of days.
Not only are they incredibly pretty, but they are also fairly robust. Perfect for classic British weather that comes with the winter and spring seasons!
When to Plant Your Pansies
Ensuring your pansies have the best chance, you should look to plant them during September or early October. Placing them in your borders or pots around this time will ensure that their roots grow and become sturdy enough to endure all conditions.
If planted any later in the season, the roots will not have enough warmth from the soil to grow fast enough or healthy enough to survive their entire season.
Caring for Your Winter Pansies
As we mentioned, once you receive your order you should plant your plug plants. This avoids them going off and you wasting money.
To plant pansy plugs, dig a hole in the bed or pot that mimics the size of the plug. Once done, place the plug in the hole and cover with soil. Fertilise the area and water immediately (if planted in spring – More on this later). Make sure you fertilise your pansies once planted, and a second time in spring. This will ensure that they have the most nutrients throughout their flowering season.
Pansies need sunshine to grow, so before you plant them make sure that they have enough sunlight to develop. Pansies can grow in partial shade, but the lack of sunlight exposure can sometimes have an adverse effect on how the flower survives different weather conditions later.
Should You Water Pansies?
Even with the winter and spring weather, you still may need to check on your winter pansies now and then to check that they are getting enough water. This is especially important for potted pansies that are undercover. To check if your pansies are properly hydrated, stick a finger into the soil and water if necessary.