Pansy Growing Guide

Viola tricolor var. hortensis


Crop Rotation Group



Any good garden soil with average or better drainage.


Full sun to partial shade in warm climates.

Frost tolerant

Good. Young plants set out in fall survive winter cold in many climates.


Encourage fast growth by mixing a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil before planting. Drench plants with a liquid fertilizer every three weeks to support prolonged blooming.


Combine petite pansies with other hardy annuals such as dusty miller or dianthus. Pansies also combine well with chrysanthemums, marigolds and other popular autumn flowers.


Single Plants: 9" (25cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 9" (25cm) with 9" (25cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

When starting pansy seeds indoors in late winter, barely cover the seeds with moist seed starting mix. Grow the seedlings under bright lights until they are large enough to transplant outdoors. Most gardeners save time by buying pansies as bedding plants.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Pansies come in an endless variety of color combinations. The smaller 'johnny jump-up' types (see separate icon) have markings called "faces" and often reseed but larger paneis hardly ever do. Perennial forms, often called violas, are most at home in cool maritime climates.


Despite their small size, pansies make nice blossoms to cluster together in a vase.


Hot summer weather often leads to the demise of spring-planted pansies.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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