|Latin name:||Viola x Wittrockiana 'Swiss Giants Rheingold'|
|Guarantee:||100% growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||November - April|
|Growing Height:||15 cm|
Pansy seeds require no prior treatment.
How to Sow
Sow indoors - December to March for flowers in spring and summer.
Sow in the garden July to September for flowers in winter and spring.
Easiest method is a propagator on the windowsill - sprinkle your pansy seeds over the soil, sprinkle with water and cover with newspaper - remove the paper as soon as the seeds germinate (within 2 weeks). Keep the seedlings moist. Replant the seedlings as soon as they are big enough to handle. After four to six weeks plant out in the garden. If still on the cold side outdoors, allow them to keep developing in pots in a cold frame.
Sow in the garden, preferably in full sun from July. Loosen the soil with a fork to at least 30 cm deep and scatter the seed over the bed. Label each bed and cover the seeds with newspaper (because pansies like the dark to germinate) - make sure the paper cannot blow away. Keep the bed moist and remove the paper as soon as the pansies germinate. Replant the seedlings as soon as they seem big enough to handle (after about 4-6 weeks). After another month or so, they can be replanted to their final position in bed, border or (hanging) basket or pot.
The seeds will germinate within 7-14 days.
Choose a spot in ful sun or part shade for your pansies and water regularly as the (pot) compost must not be allowed to dry out. Large-flowered pansies provide lots of colour in your garden. Treat your planters, window-boxes, beds and borders with these lovely striking flowers. The various colour combinations mix and match wonderfully well. Plant next to early flowering shrubs like the winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum). Also great in the rockery. They will flower for months on end right through the winter up to April.
Regular deadheading encourages new flowers to grow. For a profuse flowering we recommend adding plant food to the watering can during the growing season. Keep the bed (pot) free of weeds and your pansies will thrive.
Pansies are hardy and can last through the winter in borders or in planters. Although more likely to get frost damage in a pot they can withstand quite a lot. A stern winter can make it lose its leaf but new growth should start up again in the spring.
Although mostly grown for the showy flowers, the petals of the pansies can be eaten as long as the plant is still growing. Simply cut the flowers off with scissors or a sharp knife.
Each flower shows a delicate pattern in the centre, usually a dark purple - almost black. This garden variety looks wonderful in pots, window-boxes and hanging baskets. They will flower continually and are rather hardy. Also look cute in a bunch picked for on the living room table.