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Growing Pansies

Botanical Name:

Viola x wittrockiana

Life Cycle:

annuals, biennials, perennials

Planting Time:

spring or fall

Height:

6" to 9"

Exposure:

full sun to partial afternoon shade (especially in warmer zones)

Soil:

rich, moist, well-drained soil

Hardiness:

7-11

Bloom Time:

year-round depending on climate

Flower:

various happy colors; multi-colored or solid; lightly scented

Foliage:

green

Propagation:

seeds

Suggested Use:

borders, beds, containers, edgings, and companion plantings

Growing Hints:

Start indoors from seed 10 to 12 weeks before last spring frost. Cold treat planted pots for two weeks before moving to a warming temperature to sprout. Seedlings are also widely available from nurseries and should be transplanted 6 inches apart. Deadheading spent flowers will extend blooming period.

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Interesting Facts:

The dark velvety centers of some pansies are said to look like little faces. Pansy petals are edible and make attractive additions to salads and desserts. Wash off potential chemical residues before using the petals-especially if you purchased the seedlings from a nursery.

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