Asked by: Deanne Mulet
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Does pansies grow in winter?

Last Updated: 8th February, 2020

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Most plants in the viola family do best in spring and fall, as they prefer the cool weather. Remember pansies planted in the fall usually bloom off and on all winter, popping up whenever there is a thaw. The root grows strong all winter, hence the plant becomes very vigorous and lush by early spring.

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Hereof, how do you keep pansies alive in the winter?

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  1. Give them a minimum of four hours of direct sunlight.
  2. Feed them with a water-soluble, liquid fertilizer every two to three weeks.
  3. Remove old flowers.
  4. Water plants prior to a hard freeze. This is especially true for pansies in pots.
  5. Provide a light pine straw cover to reduce damage during a hard freeze.

Similarly, do pansies live all winter? Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) come in a range of colors to brighten the winter garden. Although pansies are perennials, they are planted as hardy winter annuals in many areas, including those in Mediterranean climates. Pansies grow in winter in warm climates, and survive temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Also, what is the best time to plant winter pansies?

Ideally, plant your pansy seeds in borders or pots during September and early October – this will give them a better chance to grow sturdy roots and flowers.

How cold can pansies tolerate?

Perennials can grow as hardy biennials or annuals, depending on their location, according to Utah State University Extension. Pansies prefer temperatures during the night just a bit above freezing with 40 degrees considered ideal. During the day, pansies thrive in temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s.

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Krassimir Macarie

Professional

Can pansies live indoors?

You see pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) in garden centers everywhere because they are easy to grow, come in a wide range of colors and can grow both indoors and out. Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9, pansies are a colorful addition to your home when grown as a houseplant.

Aycha Garcia Retamero

Professional

When should I buy winter flowering pansies?

Due to their sturdiness, winter flowering pansies they will flower for most of the winter when planting later in October or November, but to make the biggest impact, plant more pansies and plant them closer to each other. All winter flowering pansies have a final explosion of flowers in late winter & early spring too.

Renay Averkoff

Professional

Is Miracle Grow good for pansies?

There are foods made specifically for pansies, but a generic plant food such as Miracle Gro will suffice as well, McGraw said. Pansies should be watered upon planting and then a couple of times a week.

Elanor Mogofores

Explainer

When should I buy pansies?

You will know it's time to plant pansies in the fall season when soil temperatures are between 45 and 70 degrees F. (7-21 C.). Premature planting when temperatures are too warm will make the plant turn yellow and leave it vulnerable to frost damage or pest and disease infestation.

Angelika

Explainer

How long do winter pansies?

Winter-flowering pansies are short-lived perennials – which means they should last for at least three years and possibly for much longer, but rapidly deteriorate unlike long-lived perennials which should continue to perform year after year.

Geronima Gandiaga

Explainer

Will pansies grow back next year?

In the Pacific Northwest, pansies will often come back the next year or their prolific seedlings will provide year after year of color. So pansies are perennials but only in areas with short freezes, cool summers and moderate temperatures. The rest of us should treat them as welcome but short lived annuals.

Iokin Pehlgrim

Pundit

What do you do with pansies in the winter?

Use raised beds where possible to prevent standing water. Keep weeds at bay by pulling them and by using mulch around the pansies. To get more flowers out of the winter season, trim off dead blooms. This forces the plants to put more energy into producing flowers instead of producing seeds.

Jara Ame├žua

Pundit

How often do you water pansies in the winter?

Water the pansies when the top inch of soil begins to feel dry. Empty any excess water from the drip tray beneath the pot if you are using one. Pansies may require twice daily watering during warmer weather.

Rebecca De Martino

Pundit

What temperature will kill pansies?

Pansies are cool-weather biennials that are frost-hardy when dormant. Pansy roots can survive winter temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees under the soil. Actively growing seedlings can withstand light frost, but a deep freeze will kill the foliage.

Myrta Manzano

Pundit

How far apart should you plant pansies?

Pansies like full or partial sun, but need cooler temperatures to thrive. The ideal planting site will get morning sun but avoid the heat of the late afternoon. Space the plants about 7 to 12 inches apart. They will spread about 9 to 12 inches and grow to be about 6 to 9 inches tall.

Porsha Estienne

Pundit

Where do Pansies grow best?

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.)

Ijlal Zarioh

Teacher

Are winter pansies different to summer pansies?

The only difference between spring/summer pansies and autumn/winter ones are that the a/w ones are hardier than the earlier ones. I have different types of pansies in my garden that flower twice a year and only die back if there are really prolonged and severe frosts.

Yixiang Lezcano

Teacher

What goes with pansies?

Foliage companions of pansies include ornamental kale (Brassica oleracea) and giant red mustard (Brassica juneca). Not only visually appealing but edible, giant red mustard plants require full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. This plant thrives in raised beds, as well as containers.

Blasida Romero Hombrebueno

Teacher

Is it too early to plant pansies?

When to Plant
For best results, plant pansies when the soil temperature is between 45 and 65 degrees. But if you plant too early — when the soil is above 65 degrees — you'll wind up with leggy plants, yellowish leaves and few flowers. Pansies planted then are also more susceptible to frost.

Stanimira Kosterherm

Reviewer

How do you propagate pansies?

Pansies can be propagated by seed, cuttings, or division. When taking cuttings, do it in late summer or fall and cut just below the stem joint. Plant in fertile soil and keep moist. Division should be done in spring or fall.

Jacqueline Fantoni

Reviewer

Do pansies need a lot of water?

As with many other plants, pansies do not require a lot of water. You can water the plants once a week, the key is to water the soil and not the leaves. If the soil gets dry, then you will have to water them twice or thrice per week.

Dioscoro Colombi

Reviewer

Are coffee grounds good for pansies?

As well coffee grounds are great but a huge source of nitrogen, which pansies do not like alot of. Also coffee grounds after awhile if too much added gets too acidic for pansies Ammoniacal nitrogen also is slow to be absorbed by the plants during the winter months when soil temperatures drop below 45 degrees F.

Telm Waterhouse

Reviewer

Does Home Depot have pansies?

Pansies - Garden Center - Outdoors - The Home Depot.

Hedi Tentrup

Supporter

Can you transplant pansies?

Pansies are usually planted to the garden from mature plants grown indoors from seed or purchased from a plant nursery. These plants are transplanted outside once temperature and climatic conditions are right for the flowers. Grasp the pansy plant around the stem near the soil surface in one hand.