Growing & Caring for Pansies Indoors

Overview

The pansy is a member of the Viola genus of flowering plants that blooms in fragrant, edible blossoms. Southern and Southwestern gardeners grow their pansies in the fall and winter, while their northern counterparts plant them in the spring and enjoy them through the summer. Indoors, pansies can be grown just about year-round, as long as attention is paid to their requirements.

Step 1

Remove the pansies from the pots in which they are growing. Pour potting soil into the pot until it is half full. Using one of the pansies as a guide, lower it into the pot to check for depth. If the pansy's roots will sit right under the surface of the soil when the pot is completely filled, it is at the proper depth. If not, remove or add soil to the pot until the proper planting depth is achieved.

Step 2

Add the pansies to the pot, placing the root balls right up against one another. Finish filling the pot with soil, tamping down to release any air pockets in the soil.

Step 3

Water the soil until the excess water drains from the bottom of the pot. Allow the pot to drain completely, then place it in an area where the pansies will get lots of light, but not direct sun.

Step 4

Poke your finger into the soil. If it is dry, water the plant until water comes out the bottom of the pot. Only water when the soil feels dry to one inch below the surface.

Step 5

Fertilize the pansies once a month with a 10-10-10 formulation, diluted to half strength. Always water plants prior to fertilizing them.

Step 6

Deadhead the pansy to keep it blooming. This entails pinching off dead or dying blooms. If the pansy becomes sparse or leggy, cut it back to one to two inches and it will grow back fuller.

Things You'll Need

  • 10-inch pot
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer, 10-10-10

References

  • Texas A&M University: Pansy
  • "The Practical Guide to Container Gardening;" Steve Bradley and Susan Berry; 2000
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