March is here, meaning this is the best time of the year to plant pansy seedlings if you want to have a colorful balcony with a mesmerizing fragrance.
The first half of March is the right time for sowing, if you have a well-lit and warm place where you can keep the ponds.
You can place them on the windowsill, near a radiator, to catch the morning sun and heat all day.
Which type of soil pansy needs?
Buy ordinary flower soil, mix a quarter of well-ground peat and a few tablespoons of sand.
Fill the seedlings upside down with this nourishing and well-grounded soil and put 2-3 seeds of pansies in each seedling.
Use a tweezers to pin the seeds up to one centimeter in the ground.
Brush well the seedlings, cover them with plastic foil and let them heat to germinate the seeds.
Be careful to choose annual or perennial seeds if you want to flourish this year.
Once you have obtained perennial seedlings, about 4 to 5 weeks after sowing, when they already have 3 or 4 large and healthy leaves, they can be transplanted into the yard or in pots.
Pansies love to plant close one to another because they are wild plants and need support.
Choose a sunny place in the garden to transplant them, or, if you want to grow them in pots, move them in the sun.
If they don’t have enough light or heat, pansies will elongate and will be more fragile, making a few flowers.
How to water pansies?
The substrate must be kept moist at all the time.
Once you have repaired the seedlings, you have to water them with moderation and quite frequently, but leave the ma day or two to dry at the surface.
Short periods of dryness will help the pansies to develop their roots and resist throughout next winter.
You can add fertilizers after the seedlings have been grown and already have a minimum of 4 to 5 leaves.
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