Plant Now: Pansies

I love pansies. Not so much the bright colours, but the soft pinks, mauves, reds and maroons. There are some some yellow bicoloured ones that do look spectacular though in the winter garden.

It’s a good time to sow pansy seeds for late autumn/winter colour. Sow seeds in trays and transplant when big enough. Plant in a partly shaded position in areas with warm winters and full sun in cold spots, in moist soil that has both compost and blood and bone dug in.

Before blooming, give plants a top dressing of four parts blood and bone and one part sulphate of potash.

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