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Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana)

 

 

The bright splashes of color from Pansies are one of the first signs that spring is truly on its way. These hardy little flowers are available in multitude of colors, ranging from dark purples to bright yellows. And while they are delicate to the touch, pansies are actually a fairly hardy plant growing well in all zones up to USDA Zone 4. But while they can survive as perennials, pansies are best grown as biennials or annuals.

Pansy Information

 

Pansies do well in anything from full-sun to partial shade. Not very large, they usually grow to about ten inches. TheIr size, and early blooming, make them a perfect compliment for planting in

between bulbs, as well as in between rocks, pavers, and walkways. Pansies are also an excllent way to fill spaces in hanging baskets and flower boxes.

 

While pansies are fairly hardy plants, they do best when they are planted in moist well-drained soil. Small amounts of all-purpose fertilizer will also help maintain plant health, especially

when applied during their flowering period. The main cause of problems for pansies is under-watering, so make sure your flowers have a good source of water and don't dry out and they should flourish.

 

Pansy flowers are also edible, and make an excellent, colorful addition to a fresh spring salad. Treat them like you would any home-grown vegetable. Harvest them first thing in the morning for maximum flavor and freshness, and store them in a refrigerated container until you are ready to eat in order to prevent wilting. If you are unsure about the edibleness of your particular plants, be sure to check with a professional before you consume them.

 

 

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