When you clear out the pokeweed around a tree at the foot of your garden and find a Pansy-ready Planter, your heart sings. And then you research pansy planting. (See FeltedFoxHollow on Instagram for Before pictures.)
A lovely friend suggested a fern, but I want something for Winter. So I'm planting pansies now and will add a fern this Spring. It's going to look so good!
- For zone 7b, plant pansies October 1 - October 15.
- Pansy bed should be at least 25 percent composted material.
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- When planting in October, add any water-soluble powdered fertilizers.
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- For Winter (November through March), fertilize monthly with nitrate-containing fertilizers.
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- Water well after planting. Avoid getting leaves and flowers wet.
- Add mulch to protect against cold weather damage.
According to WalterReeves.com, pansies need a root system as "big as a softball" in order to bloom in cold weather. To achieve this, plant small nursery "six packs" in early October, the larger three-inch pots in November, and the four-inch pots in December.
But in North Georgia, planting the small six packs would result in blooms around March. As I want them sooner, I'm planting four-inch pots.
- "Success with Pansies in the Winter Landscape"
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Website PDF
- Planting times for all Georgia zones (University of Georgia Cooperative Extension)
- "Planting Pansies"
- "Planting pansies outside: When is pansy planting time in the garden"