Pansy seeds produce plants with impressive blooms which come in a brilliant array of colors. This compact plant is technically a perennial but is often grown as an annual.
Even though the seeds are tiny, they need to be sown 5mm (¼”) deep. Keep the soil at 18-25°C (65-75°F), in complete darkness until they germinate in around 14 days. Then provide bright light to keep plants compact. Space at 15-23cm (6-9″) in the garden.
- The flowers are edible and can be used as garnishes, or in salads.
- They are hardy and resistant to some environmental extremes.
How do I grow my pansy seeds?
- Water seedlings regularly until they become established.
- Though they flourish with occasional watering in especially dry weather, mature plants can tolerate short periods of drought in addition to adapting to many soil types.
- Deadhead to prolong blooming.
- This plant may self-seed.
- It makes an excellent choice as a ground cover or border plant, as well as performing well as a container plant.
How to sow
- Direct sow in late fall, planting the seed just below the surface of the soil.
- For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 60-90 days before planting.
- Keep the soil lightly moist until germination.