Pansy Hanging Baskets

Friday was a rainy and raw day but I took advantage of the time indoors to pot up a few pansy hanging baskets to give my yard a bit of color.

I used 10″ pots to plant in.  I selected 4 pots of pansies (went with a blue and yellow theme) and 3 small pots of ivy for filler.

Pansies really thrive with fertilizer so I added a slow release mix, (I chose Osmocote), into the potting soil.  Slow release fertilizers will feed your plants over a series of months.  When used according to the directions, it will feed throughout the growing season without risk of chemical burn.  Remember – with fertilizer, more is not better.

While potting, I made sure that the potting soil that I added around the flowers was packed in well and there were no air pockets around the roots.  This will cause the roots in that particular area to dry out and/or freeze.  After planting I watered well.

Despite the wind and nighttime temperatures falling below freezing, I placed my new baskets in their holders.  Today they are none the worse for the wear.  I did have to give them another thorough watering since the wind dried out the soil.

A few pansy tips:

Pansies will survive the frost and freezing temperatures, however, make sure they are well watered.  The moisture actually protects the roots.  It is a “dry freeze” that could be their demise.  Also, although the plants are fine, you may need to deadhead any affected flowers by snipping them off just above the first set of leaves.  New flower buds will soon form and bloom again.