How to Plant Pansy Bedding Plants


Pansy plants come in two different types, clear-faced and monkey-faced. A monkey-faced pansy has a dark splotch in the middle of its face. Pansies are available in a wide assortment of color like yellow, brown, blue, white, maroon and orange. When purchasing pansies, look for plants with big blossoms and deep green foliage. Buy compact plants, not leggy ones. Look for the full and pretty plants since these will be the healthiest plants. When planting, be aware that pansies thrive in areas that receive six hours or more of sunlight each day.

Step 1

Create a raised bed in an area exposed to full sun. This improves drainage and soil quality. The raised bed can be a simple wooden rectangle or a brick circle built up to 12 inches tall.

Step 2

Add one cup of slow-release fertilizer and two pounds bone meal/blood meal mixture to the soil for every 50 square feet of flower bed. Mix this into the soil well then fill the raised bed with the amended soil.

Step 3

Plant individual pansy bedding plants in rows that are six inches to one foot apart. The growing foliage will fill in the gaps between plants.

Step 4

Spread 2twoinches of mulch-like wood chips around the pansy plants. This will preserve soil moisture and reduce the growth of weeds in the flower bed.

Step 5

Sprinkle your newly planted pansies with water every day for the first five days. This will encourage root growth.

Step 6

Water twice a week or whenever the soil dries out to one inch deep after the first week.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not buy leggy or root-bound pansy plants. These plants have a hard time becoming established after planting. Before buying the pansy, pop it out of the container and check to see if it is rootbound.

Things You'll Need

  • Raised bed
  • Slow-release fertilizer
  • Bone meal/blood meal
  • Pansy plants
  • Mulch
  • Water


  • Texas A&M University: Colorful Pansies: Plant Them Now!
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Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.