Pansies and Primroses

Pansies and Primroses, A Great Early Spring Project

What You’ll Need For Pansies:

  1. A sunny or partly shaded location
  2. Composted leaves
  3. Espoma 5-10-5 Fertilizer
  4. Root Stimulator
  5. Mulch

What You’ll Need For Primroses:

  1. A partly shaded location
  2. Composted leaves
  3. Root Stimulator
  4. Mulch
  5. Espoma 5-10-5 Fertilizer

Pansies are wonderful flowers to grow in early spring. If you have four hours or more of sun reaching your flowerbed, they will perform admirably. Pansies are small plants growing from 4-12” tall, depending on the variety. They form small mounds of deep green foliage that are resistant to light frosts.

Many different pansy cultivars provide gardeners with flowers that are from 1-4” in diameter and come in a rainbow of colors. Older favorites have multi-toned flowers in bright, clear yellow, purple, blue and white. Newer varieties add to the palette with light pastel blue, dusty rose, white and even black.

Pansies prefer sun to partial shade. They’ll actually grow in deep shade, but expect fewer flowers. Pansies are not fussy about soil. Do however add organic matter if your soil is very light and sandy to help retain moisture, and prevent plants from wilting in bright sun. Fertilize to insure a good display of flowers.

Primroses are blooming plants for shade. Like pansies, primrose requires cool weather to prosper. They have a growth habit that resembles pansies. The color of the primrose blossoms is more intense than pansies. There is nothing subtle about their color – vivid pinks, oranges, purples, reds and more! The leaves are crinkled and lay close to the ground.

Use pansies or primroses in front of beds and in borders to add a splash of color during the cooler months. Plant Pansies in window boxes and containers so you can enjoy their bright faces smiling back at you inside. Cheer up cool gray days with pots of pansies situated at entrances and on patios and decks.

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