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Postby Marlene » May 25, 2008 10:02 pm

Hi, I just discovered this forum today and have a quick question.
I live in Zone 3 and planted alot of pansies this spring in pots and in beds.
Is there any advice you can give me re watering, fertilizer, etc.
to ensure continuous flowering and healthy foliage?
Thanks
Marlene
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Postby Meggylou » May 25, 2008 10:29 pm

welcome!
I'm rather new myself.
I have no advice though...have never grown pansies before.
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Postby Pansy » May 25, 2008 10:35 pm

Marlene your pansys may start to wane if you get real

hot/humid weather,but when in cools in the fall they will be

lovely again.

Just keep the deadheads picked off.
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Postby Marlene » May 25, 2008 10:41 pm

Thanks so much for that quick reply!
I was talking to my sister earlier today and she said she would love
to grow pansies, but the rabbits loved them as much as she did :(
She was asking me how to keep the rabbits away and enjoy them
in her own garden!....Suggestions?
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Postby Meggylou » May 25, 2008 10:54 pm

a fence, it's the only humane way.
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Postby MareE » May 26, 2008 12:58 am

Durned straight, Meggylou. Especially a thick green fence of Lettuces. LOL Don't know where to buy sand dune/snow fencing, but it's a rare rabbit that can leap the height, Marlene. Curb appeal is lowly tho'.

MareE;o}
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Postby Sharon Bryson » May 26, 2008 8:35 am

Another hint in maintaining pansies is to cut them back midway through the season when they start to look lanky.
This can be weather dependent, but a renewal gives a nice fall season bloom.
Cheers
Sharon
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Postby murphy » May 26, 2008 9:22 am

When I water my baskets and pots with dilute fertilizer I usually splash some on the pansies too....I also find frequent watering and some mulch can keep them happy for longer. I tend to choose spots where they get morning sun and some late afternoon sun and they tend to bloom fairly well through the season. They have varieties these days that an better tolerate the hotd days of july and August...so as long as you don't let them dry out for long periods and you plant them so that they are not baking in the noon day sun...and provide some mulch to keep the roots cooler...they can do quite well. These cheerful flowers are one of my favorites.
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Postby TrailBlaze » May 27, 2008 7:53 am

I stuck some pansies in last year, from a flat I bought...then forgot about them after they bloomed all July and August, and died in fall. They came back on their own last week, and look great. Maybe pansies thrive on neglect?
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Postby murphy » May 27, 2008 8:18 am

I have noticed several pansy seedlings popping up in m garden this year too...I don't think they are the original plants...but new ones...must be a good year for pansies. :lol:
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