Richard Bogren, Owings, Allen D. | 12/5/2015 3:11:38 AM
Pansies are the “decoration of winter landscapes” in the South. With a multitude of flower colors and sizes, these are durable and well-justified cool-season bedding plants for November through April. Some keys to landscape success:
– Prepare the landscape bed properly to allow for good internal drainage and aeration. Make sure your soil comes from a reputable supplier. Cheap soil is “bad”; expensive soil is “good.”
– Add fresh, nutrient-rich, finished compost to landscape beds to provide nutrients. Compost also is a great source of organic matter.
– Apply a slow-release fertilizer at planting as a regular practice. Most slow-release fertilizers for home use are formulations that feed the plants for three to four months.
– Make sure landscape beds for pansies have a soil pH between 5.5-6.0. Pansies require more acidic growing conditions than some other bedding plants.
– Select a full-sun planting location. Eight hours of direct sun a day is best.
– Choose varieties with small and medium-sized flowers. These hold up better long term than larger-flowered pansy varieties. This is especially true when you have a winter with above-average rainfall.
– Irrigate only when needed. Over-watering leads to many problems with cool-season bedding plants.
– Be aggressive and plant in masses for the best visual enhancement. Space individual plants 8-10 inches apart and at least three to four rows deep.
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