Pop of Pansies

Blog Category: Gardening
March 29, 2016 by Dennis Wilson, Account Manager

Pansies are the well-known hybrid of the viola flower. These hardy annuals come in a variety of colors and can be grown all around the U.S. Their floral display is best in the spring and fall as they prefer cooler temperatures, which is one reason I love using them in my spring containers so much.

The cooler temperature preference is a bonus (especially if you live in Iowa!). Most annuals cannot withstand the cooler temperatures that pansies can survive in. Temperatures can get down to 24 degrees Fahrenheit and still survive. Even a surprise snow is no match for these mighty little beauties. If snow does arrive after planted, it actually creates an insulation blanket around them, helping them to weather out the cold snap.

If you want to plant some on your own, here are a few tips:

Water Correctly

  • Pansies do not like soggy soil – keep the soil moist, but be careful not to overwater.
  • Plant in containers with well-draining soil if your planting beds are not up to par.


Remove Expired Blooms

  • To encourage more blooming on your plants, make sure to remove expired blooms.


Don’t Crowd

  • Space your plants about 4-6 inches apart to allow space for growth.


Purchase Wisely

  • Buy compact, younger plants with a good root system.
  • Plants that look stringy and stretched out will not do well once planted.
  • The root system should be white when pulled from the container, not brown.


Pansies, in their vast array of colors, always remind me of spring, and they look great for Easter. I particularly love the orange and bright yellow varieties. Although they can be planted in the fall, I personally prefer them in the spring for their ability to stand up to cold temperatures and usher spring in.

If you are interested in adding that wonderful pop of pansies to your containers this spring, don’t hesitate to contact our staff. We love adding that special seasonal touch to areas around your home or office. For more information on seasonal color, visit us online, or give us a call at 515.987.0800.

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