Gardeners with any amount of experience can successfully grow pansies in a sunny or partly sunny growing area. As long as you plant pansies in rich soil, they will thrive and bloom happily in your flowerbed. Pansies are also a favorite cool-season bedding plant that will grow well throughout the cooler months in warm regions. Choose beautiful pansies for a dependable and attractive bloomer in your flower garden.
Prepare the garden area in the autumn (warm regions) or in the spring (colder regions). Use the garden spade to work the soil down to a depth of approximately 6 inches. Add between 2 and 4 inches of compost to the top of the soil and work this in with the garden spade. Add the fertilizer to the top of the soil, consulting the package for the recommended amount for your growing area. Work the entire growing area again with the garden spade and smooth the soil with the rake.
Water the pansies lightly in their temporary containers to make sure the soil is moist before transplanting.
Dig holes for the pansies, digging the holes just deep enough that the crowns will be slightly above the soil level. Space the holes 6 inches apart to ensure the pansies fill in thickly to create a solid bedding of pansies.
Remove each pansy plant from its temporary container and place each plant into a prepared hole. Fill soil in around the roots of the pansies and tamp the soil down firmly around the plants.
Water the newly planted pansies generously immediately after planting them. Keep the pansies evenly moist during the first month after transplanting to ensure they adjust adequately to their new location.
Place 2 inches of shredded mulch around the pansies to conserve soil moisture and prevent weeds from growing near the pansies.