Pansies are a cool weather favorite. Pansies in Florida or the South do particularly well in the winter.
An ancestor of the viola, the pansy is also a favorite of Midwest gardeners who also grow it as an annual. It’s unlikely a pansy will make it through the cold of winter in the Midwest or the extreme heat of the summer in the South.
Pansy blooms have five rounded shaped petals. Pansies often come in solid blue and yellow or with a single color and black “penciling” markings or lines coming out of the center.
Here are some tips for pansies care in the fall:
No. 1: The pansy plant is compact so don’t expect it to grow more than nine inches in height with a similar spread. The heart-shaped leaves, in my opinion, are very attractive.
No. 2: Pansy fragrance. Pansies have a delicate aroma. You can usually notice their perfume in the early morning or at dusk. Some of the most aromatic varieties include the blue and yellow pansies.
No. 3: When to plant pansies: In the North, grow indoors about six to eight weeks before planting outside. Pansies in Florida can be grown all fall and winter. To save time, consider buying pansies as bedding plants from the local nursery. I like to plant pansies in Florida in early October, but it’s fine to plant later in the season.
No. 4: Plant pansies about eight to 10 inches apart when planting pansies for mass color effect. When planting, fertilize the soil or use potting mix with fertilizer. Use a balanced fertilizer.
No. 5: Water more often when you first plant your pansies. After that, rely on rain or water once or twice a week. Mulch to help retain water. If you notice that the edges of the pansy leaves are turning brown, you may be overwatering or not watering enough.
People often wonder the meaning of flowers such as pansies. Pansy is French for the word “pensee” or thoughts as in a pensive person deep in contemplation. The white pansies with purple markings, according to legend, represent being pierced by Cupid’s arrow. Therefore, the white pansies with purple marking make a perfect flower gift for Valentine’s Day or anniversary. Another pansy myth is that the face of the pansy flower will remind you of the face of someone you love. If you are wondering why some people are called “pansies,” it might relate to the fact that pansy flowers are delicate.
Giving a bouquet of pansies as a gift can also send the message that you are thinking of someone in their time of need or in a romantic way!
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