Pansy Planting Tips
Early Fall is an excellent time to plant pansies and violas in central North Carolina. Proper planting can result in beautiful and vibrant displays of color throughout the cooler months. Here are a few planting tips:
- Timing: Fall is the ideal time to plant pansies and violas. Aim to plant them in late September through early November when the weather is cooler, but the soil is still warm. This allows the roots to establish before winter.
- Location: Choose a location that receives at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day. Pansies and violas thrive in partial to full sun.
- Soil Preparation: Prepare the soil by amending it with compost or organic matter. Well-draining soil is crucial for these plants. You can also add a slow-release, balanced fertilizer to provide essential nutrients. We like to mix Daddy Pete’s Mushroom Compost into existing soil and add a dose of Osmocote Slow Release Fertilizer after planting.
- Planting Depth: When planting pansies and violas, make sure the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Space the plants about 6-10 inches apart to allow for proper air circulation.
- Watering: After planting, water the newly installed pansies and violas thoroughly. Watering deeply helps settle the soil and establish good root contact. Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water early in the day to allow the foliage to dry before evening.
- Mulch: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the plants to help conserve soil moisture and regulate soil temperature. This also helps control weeds.
- Fertilization: Feed your pansies and violas with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer or a liquid fertilizer according to the package instructions. Apply the first round of fertilizer when planting and then again in mid to late fall.
- Winter Protection: In central North Carolina, winters can be mild but occasionally frosty. Be prepared to cover your pansies and violas with frost cloth or a light sheet when freezing temperatures are expected. Remove the covers during the day to allow sunlight and air circulation.
- Enjoy the Color: We grow pansies and violas in various colors and bloom size, so enjoy their vibrant hues throughout the fall and into early spring. These flowers will often continue to bloom even in the cooler temperatures.
Remember that while pansies and violas can withstand chilly temperatures, they may still suffer from extreme cold snaps. With proper care, you can enjoy their beauty and brighten up your garden during the fall and winter months in central North Carolina.