Buying And Planting Pansies

Pansies are my favorite flower because they come in a huge variety of color variations and can withstand cold weather. I think they are the happiest looking flowers with their markings resembling a smiling face.

Pansies are pretty hardy and you can’t go wrong using them in your garden. Here are some tips for planting pansies as well as advice on what to look for when buying your plants.

What To Look For When Buying Pansies

When buying pansies, you want to look for good healthy plants that have lush vibrant leaves and flowers. You want to bypass any plants that have dead brown leaves and choose the ones that have deep green foliage. You also want to pick ones that are compact and not leggy.

When you are shopping for your plants,  pop the plant out of its container just for a second so you can look at the root pack.   You want to make sure the plants don’t have a huge tangled mess of compacted roots. Plants that have a well-established root pack like this have a harder time growing in your yard when you transplant them.   You also want to be careful, though that the plant does a decent root system that holds the soil together so you also don’t want to choose plants where the soil simply crumbles away when you pop it out of the container.

Types Of Pansies

There are 2 major types of pansies -  monkey faced and plain faced. The monkey faced (shown in the picture) are the ones that have a variation of color on the petals and the plain faced are simply one color.

There is also an icicle pansy which is bred for its ability to withstand cold weather. You can plant these very early in the spring and they will bloom in your garden very late into the fall.   If you plant them in the fall, they will even overwinter right in the garden so you have fresh blooms in spring.

Planting Pansies


Planting Pansies Video

The timing of when you plant your pansies is critical to the plants survival. These plants can weather very low temperatures but only if they have a good root system established first so you need to plant them well before winter hits.   You want to be sure the soil temperature is above 45° but you don’t want it to be too hot when you’re planting either because pansies don’t do well in the very hot weather and your plants will be leggy with very few flowers.

Pansies need well drained soil and at least 4 hours of sunlight a day.   You want to plant them with a time release fertilizer and then supplement with liquid fertilizer monthly. Be sure to dead head your plants for maximum flower bloom.  Pansies will need to be watered quite frequently -  at least daily -  if they are subjected to harsh sun beating straight on them during the hot summer days.

To plant the pansy, dig a hole that is a little bit larger than the container the pansies came in. Pop the pansy out of the container and loosen up the root ball gently with your fingers. Place the plant into the hole making sure that the roots are all below ground and the top of the soil level of the plant matches with the top of your garden soil level. Fill in the hole with excess soil, tamp down, sprinkle some fertilizer on the ground and water.

Are Pansies Edible?

A lot of people ask of panties are edible and they most certainly are! In fact these are one of my favorite edible flowers because they’re so beautiful and come in such a wide variety of colors that you can find pansies to brighten up any dish and they are perfect for an edible garnish.   They have a mild taste of Wintergreen so they work perfectly as a garnish for desserts and you can also use them to make lemonades and teas.

Planting pansies is definitely something you should add to your garden plans this year. Their variety and beauty is second to none and they will do equally well in planters as well as planted right in the ground.   If you wait until the end of summer to plant them, you will have blooms right up to the start of winter and then again in early spring.