How to Pot up Pansies

by Amy on April 20, 2010

Last week I took Nate with me for his first visit to the local greenhouse, Rekker’s, on Highway #2 in Bowmanville. I picked up some pansies and violas for potting up on the front porch. Nate slept while I browsed, taking way longer than necessary to narrow down my selections. In the end I chose the same varieties I bought last year: Sorbetâ„¢ Antique Shades and Sorbet™ Coconut Swirl violas, and Panola XP™ Purple Face pansies. (Did you know that the markings on pansies are known as whiskers?)

It’s easy to buy planters filled with mature, heavily flowering annuals, but I like to buy the cell packs, save a few dollars, and plant my own. It takes longer for the plants to fill the containers, but I enjoy watching them grow and seeing how they change over the course of the season. I also have more control over the colours that go together into each container.

Potting up Pansies

When I pot up annuals, I like to arrange them loosely on top of the soil to figure out how many individual plants I’ll need in each pot.

Potting up Pansies

I rough up the roots before planting, a trick I learned from my co-workers at the greenhouse I used to work at. Sometimes when you buy annuals in cell packs like these, the plants are such a tangled, root-bound mess. These ones didn’t look too bad.

Potting up Pansies

I use my two fingers to make a hole that is about the same size as the ball of roots, then tuck each plant into its hole, firming up the soil around each one as I go.

Potting up Pansies

I give each pot a good watering and set them in place on our front porch. As spring wears on, I’ll continue to water and deadhead the spent blooms.

Potting up Pansies

Blog Widget by LinkWithin
Be Sociable, Share!

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Jennifer in MamaLand April 21, 2010 at 1:55 am

Okay, that "Nate slept while I browsed" makes me SO jealous. Four kids later… it is rare that I get a quiet minute in a garden centre. Enjoy it now!!! :-) ))

Reply

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post: