How Long Do Pansies Last?
The question “how long do pansies live?”
is one of the most common questions asked by gardeners. There are many opinions on this matter, but there are some facts which everyone agrees upon. For example, if you have a large number of plants in your garden, then it’s likely that they will all die within a few years unless you transplant them somewhere else.
Pansies are not really hardy, so they won’t survive too much cold weather. They don’t like being in direct sunlight either. If you want to grow them outdoors, make sure that the soil is well drained and drains well.
You may need to water regularly or use a drip irrigation system. Make sure that the soil is not compacted around the roots of your pansies because this will cause problems later on when they start dying from lack of moisture.
If you want to keep your pansies alive over winter, then make sure that the soil is dry and not wet. If the soil is damp, then it will be difficult for your pansies to take up any additional water during the winter months. Soil aeration is very important in order for your pansies to thrive.
Watering your pansies in spring or summer will only result in them wilting again during the fall. As a general rule, pansies should be planted in the ground about two to three weeks after your average last frost date. When planting them outside, plant them about two inches below the surface and space them eight inches apart. Be sure to water them well after planting them.
When Should I Take My Pansies Out Of The Pot?
Some gardeners like to leave their pansies in the pot until spring arrives. Others prefer to plant them outdoors in fall.
Which method is better for you?
The answer may surprise you. It is best to transplant your pansies in the fall. Most authorities think that it is better to wait until after all of the summer rains and hot weather has passed before digging up your pansies and planting them into the ground. Make sure that you harden off your plants before exposing them to direct sunlight.
Hardening off basically means that you should expose your plants to more and more sunlight over a five-day period. For example, you might put your pansies out in the morning and bring them inside in the afternoon on the first day. On the second day, you leave them out during the morning and early afternoon, then bring them in before the sun starts to set.
Keep increasing the amount of time that they are exposed to sunlight in this manner until they can be left out all day. You should also increase the amount of water that they are given as well during this time period.
During the first week after planting your pansies, you should keep an eye on them for any signs of wilt. If they start to wilt, then you should give them more water right away. If this doesn’t fix the problem, then you will probably have to dig up the plant and replant it in a better location.
It is not uncommon for plants to die during this time period because they were not hardened off properly before being planted.
How Do I Care For My Pansies?
Once your pansies are in the ground, there will not be too much maintenance involved with their upkeep. Make sure that they are watered and you’ll be fine. You should mulch around your plants as well to prevent weeds from growing and to keep the moisture in the soil around the plants. Be careful not to over water them, however, because this can cause the roots to rot.
Sources & references used in this article:
Pansies by MJ Lockwood – A Study of the Poems of DH Lawrence, 1987 – Springer
Planting pansies on the roof a critique of how New York city tests reading by M Wasserman – The Urban Review, 1969 – Springer
Pinks, pansies, and punks: the rhetoric of masculinity in American literary culture by J Penner – 2011 – books.google.com
Bulldaggers, pansies, and chocolate babies: Performance, race, and sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance by JF Wilson – 2010 – books.google.com
A Bunch of Pansies by C Bullock – 1852 – books.google.com
GROWING PANSIES by KOF PANSIES – digitalcommons.usu.edu
Pansies Don’t Float: Gay Representability, Film Noir, and The Man Who Wasn’t There by V Brook, A Campbell, SD Walters, R Jaynes – Jump Cut, 2003 – ejumpcut.org
Pansies for Thoughts by JP Smith – 1885 – Carleton