Pansies are hardy annuals that look like they have “faces”. These are great plants for Kentucky gardens and offer a beautiful range of colors. They are excellent for containers, borders, and ground covers. These flowers are a gardener’s favorite because of the options and hardiness.
Pansies will spread about nine to 12 inches and grow to be about six to nine inches tall, so plant them about seven to 12 inches apart to give them room. Plant in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Pansies like sun and cooler temperatures, so keep that in mind when choosing the spot you want to plant your pansies.
Pansies need to be watered regularly. The most common reason for pansies failing is not being watered enough. If your pansies are not doing well, try watering them more. Pinch off faded and dead flowers when you can because it will prolong blooming and encourage more flowers to grow. A general, all-purpose fertilizer is great to use around your pansies to encourage growth.
Healthy pansies are compact, exhibit minimal leaf yellowing, and will probably have fewer blooms while in the flats because they’re younger. Despite the lack of color at the time of purchase, these are the ideal choice. When you find packs that look good, pop out a few and examine the roots. The roots should be white, not brown, and should be well developed throughout the soil plug.