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What kind of weather do pansies like?
Pansies perform best in cooler weather, and are therefore usually planted in spring or fall. They like rich, well-drained soil high in organic matter, and full sun or partial shade. (Shade is especially beneficial south of Zone 7 where the hot afternoon sun will shut down flower production.)
Should you feed pansies?
Fertilize them every two to three weeks with a bit of liquid fertilizer to encourage root and plant growth. Phosphorus fertilizer, like bone meal, will also help promote flowering. Also, to encourage blooming, don't be afraid to deadhead what little blooms you may have or even prune leggy parts of the plants.
What causes pansies to get leggy?
Pansies prefer filtered sun to partial shade. When the weather warms or the trees leaf out and shade the garden bed, your pansies may grow long, "leggy" stems. Pinch excessively long stems back to keep the plant shaped in a neat mound of foliage and flowers.
How do you force pansies to bloom?
Shear the pansy plants back to about 3 inches tall when they stop blooming as the weather heats up. This encourages the plants to fill out and resume flowering when seasonal temperatures drop at the end of the season.
How long does it take for pansies to bloom?
With proper care, pansies will bloom in the fall and then again in the spring, from April to June, before weather heats up. Pansies grow best when temperatures are between 45 degrees F at night and 60 degrees F during the day.