are a close relative of the ever-popular Viola. Like
their cousin they have never been out of favour with
the home gardener. Grown for their versatility these
compact growing annuals come in a huge range of colours.
There are also a variety of flower styles, for example:
- Most come with black blotches in the centre of the
flower to resemble a happy face. You can also get bi-colour
flowers (two colours on one flower), striped & frilly
Pansies flower from late autumn to spring. The size
of the flower is varied with some producing flowers
up to 10cm across. Growing to a height of approximately
20cm, Pansies are ideal for plant in mass plantings
along the edge of a garden.
Choose a position situated in the full sun. Pansies
will grow in semi shade but for best results and an
abundance of flower they prefer a sunny spot. The soil
should be prepared with Searles® Real Compost or 5 IN 1® Organic Plant Food. To give them an extra kick,
add a couple of handfuls of Kickalong® Organic - Complete Garden. Pansies love good drainage so a raised bed is
POTS & HANGING BASKETS
Pansies look wonderful when grown in pots or hanging
baskets. When planting them use a premium potting mix.
For outstanding results in both outdoor pots and hanging
baskets, use Searles Peat 80 Plus® Potting Mix.
Pansies are easily grown from seed. There are some very
good varieties in the Searles® seed range; Colour Festival,
Jumbo Giants, Regal Ruffles and Ullswater Blues. Sow
seed in Autumn & Winter, using Searles® Seed Raising
Mix. Keep the mix moist and once the seedlings are at
the stage of having 2 - 3 leaves transplant them into
the garden or pot them into small pots to grow on to
a more advanced plant before planting out.
Pansies are also available in seedling form (punnets).
You can buy old fashion favourites like Regal Ruffles,
Swiss Giants & Can Can, or some new varieties such
as Moonfaces, Torch, Tiger Silk, Priscilla and many
more. Extensive breeding means new colours and larger
flowers are released each year.
Plant the seedlings about 15 - 20cm apart and water
them in with SeaMax® Fish & Kelp.
A good deep drink twice a week will be sufficient for
most gardens Pots and Hanging Baskets may require more
watering, especially during flowering.
Once plants are established, to promote more abundant
flowering, apply Searles® Liquid Potash every 1-2 weeks.
Searles® Liquid Potash contains both Potassium and Phosphorus
and will promote more flowers, deeper colours and longer
lasting flowers. A must for a stunning Pansy display.
normally don't get many pests, but poor drainage &
over watering can cause root rot & loss of plants.
The size of your pansy blooms can depend on the climate.
For example the colder the temperature the larger the
Remove spent flowers to encourage more blooms and once
plants become long & lanky dig them out to make
space for new season flowers.
With their bright happy faces, that look up at you from
the garden, and a rainbow of colours Pansies will certainly
suit any situation and cheer up your garden.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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