How to Protect Pansy

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Overview

Pansies are hybrid plants cultivated as garden flowers. They are very alluring, friendly flowers, available in many different colors and designs. The plants grow up to 9 inches tall and the flowers are between 2 and 3 inches in diameter, although smaller and larger varieties are available. Pansies generally are hardy plants that can survive freezing temperatures, but it's still a good idea to protect them from the harshest of winters.

Step 1

Plant pansy seedlings in the fall if you live in a climate where winters are mild. They will survive through the winter.

Step 2

Enrich the soil by mixing in compost. Place the seedlings 6 inches apart and leave them be through the winter.

Step 3

Dig up seedlings with a trowel if you live in a cold-winter area. Move them indoors by planting them in a pot with soil. Transplant the pansies outdoors after the last frost, in early spring.

Step 4

Protect pansies outdoors once the ground is frozen if you don't want to transplant them. Wait until the ground is frozen to prevent the plants from being damaged by alternate freezing and thawing.

Step 5

Cover the pansies with fine tree branches. Add a layer of leaves or coarse garden litter on top of the branches. The branches will keep snow and rain from packing the leaves too much. Standing water can kill pansies.

Things You'll Need

  • Seedlings
  • Soil
  • Compost
  • Pot
  • Branches
  • Leaves or course garden litter

References

  • Sunrise Seeds
  • BackyardGardener.com
Keywords: protect pansies, compost, winter

About this Author

Based in New York State, Kelly Shetsky started writing in 1999. She is a broadcast journalist-turned Director of Marketing and Public Relations and has experience researching, writing, producing and reporting. She writes for several websites, specializing in gardening, medical, health and fitness, entertainment and travel. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.

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