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Pansy: Swiss Giant

By Contributor ; Updated September 21, 2017

Swiss Giant
(Viola wittrockiana)

Technically a perennial, pansies are usually grown as annuals. They will overwinter in climates as cold as USDA zone 4. Try planting them in early fall for winter and early spring blooms, and in very early spring for blooms until the heat sets in. Planted early, these 3" to 4" flowers will complement your spring bulbs. Flowers are not only beautiful, they are also edible.

Average Count: 275 seeds

Flower Type: Annual
Bloom Time: Spring or Fall
Height: 6" to 8" tall
Exposure: Full Sun

When to Sow Outside: Cold climates: early spring (2-4 weeks before last frost) or midsummer for fall and early spring blooms. Warm climates: late summer for fall, winter and spring blooms.
When to Sow Inside: 10 to 12 weeks before last frost for spring planting or early summer for fall planting.
Seed Depth: 1/8 "
Seed Spacing: 1"
Days to Emerge: 10 to 20
Thinning: When 1" tall thin to 4" - 6" apart


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