Pansy Flowers – A Complete Gardener’s Guide

Pansy Flowers, and Why They are Great for Your Garden

Pansy flowers are popular and common species often included in home gardens. Pansies have been bred in the north, often in urban environments. The flowers grown in these locations range from gold and orange though to purple, violet, and a very dark blue (almost like black), and it is the purple and violets that are most often found in gardens.

Pansies are known as biennials, which are species that normally live for two years. The first year they only produce greenery; they bear flowers and seeds in their second year of growth, and afterwards die like annuals. When planning a garden featuring pansy flowers, keep in mind this fact when planting them – you won’t be seeing the blossoms until the next year!

Name Origins

The pansy gets its name from the French word pensée meaning “thought”. It was thus named because the flower can resemble a human face. In August it tends to nod forward as if deep in thought. These characteristics have helped to give pansy flowers the common name we use today.

Tips for Growing Pansy Flowers

Pansies should be watered thoroughly about once a week, depending on climate and recent rainfall. For maximum bloom, add plant food every two weeks or so, being sure to follow any directions on the package. Regular deadheading (cutting of dead or dying flowers) can extend the blooming period, allowing you to enjoy the pansy flowers in your garden for a longer period of time.

You’ll want rich soil in which to grow pansy flowers. An ideal mixture consists of one third garden earth, one third topsoil, and one third manure. This sill provide nutrients for the plants that will help you grow only the best pansy flowers in formations that you will love to show friends and family alike.

As with any plants, provide ample space for the pansy flowers to grow. If other larger plants are encroaching upon the area they could potentially overshadow the pansies while stealing nutrients and water from the soil. Pruning of these other plants can prevent this.

Common Ailments Inflicting Pansy Flowers

As with any plants, there are a variety of things than can inflict your pansy flowers with disease or injury. We’ve assembled this list so that you will be equipped to handle anything that occurs.

· Slugs and snails. A common pest to these and similar flowers. To guard against them, lay sharp and gritty sand about the plant. An interesting home remedy is to fill a small bowl with beer and then bury it to the rim in the garden. This will keep these pests away.

· Oidium fungal infection. This can be detected by spotting violet-gray powder on fringes and underside of leaves. It is caused by stagnant (still and musty) air. You can limit this by spraying the leaves, especially along the undersides.

· Stem rot. Also known as the pansy sickness, this can be a serious problem for all of your pansy flowers. A telltale sign is that the plant may collapse without warning in the middle of season. The foliage will flag and lose color. Blossoms will fade and shrivel prematurely. The stem will snap at the soil line if tugged upon slightly. Stem rot is caused by soil-borne fungus.

Unfortunately, the plant is more than likely lost at this stage. It is best to uproot and burn them to stop the spread of infection throughout your garden.

Pansy Flowers – Additional Information

Armed with this information, you should be well-equipped to begin growing and breeding pansy flowers. This can be a very rewarding process and is capable of producing gardens that are extremely pleasant to spend time in.

A great source of information about pansy flowers is your local florist. Stop by their shop or browse their site online to find a wealth of useful tips. They often also carry seed packets for sale, meaning you can take them right home and plant in your garden.

An additional benefit of visiting the florist is that you are able to browse, select and purchase a wide assortment of bouquets and other floral displays for use as decorations at home (this can save you from having to damage your garden plants) or as gifts. Arrange for flower delivery and you’ll have yourself an excellent gift for friends and family that is suitable for any occasion.

Pansy Flowers – Concluding Advice

When growing a garden featuring pansies, we recommend staggering them with other varieties to create a blend of colors and patterns that will be stimulating and pleasing to the eye. Or, if you prefer, you can plant vast groups that will clump together when blooming, creating a sort of colorful blanket over the earth.

Copyright (c) 2008 Brant Florist

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