Pansies And Violas
Because they don’t mind cool weather, Violas and their larger cousins Pansies, are some of the first flowers to arrive at Dedrick's Farm Market. They don’t really like it hot at all so are great blooms for early spring and late fall. Not only do they not like the heat, they actually survive the cold really well and can bounce back from below freezing temperatures really well. They’re happy to be part of a border, work well as a ground cover or are happy to mix it up as part of a container. Pansies and violas need moist soil that drains well. And you can plant them together! Plant the violas along the base of your landscape, as they need to be in front of the pansies, which are usually taller. You can plant the violas close together, as they like massed groupings. Pansies need to be planted six inches apart, but they can be planted as far apart as 10 inches in a landscape.
Pansies will continue to bloom as long as it does not get too hot. You will be able to keep pansies and violas blooming if you deadhead the plants. If you have never deadheaded plants before, you need to know how to deadhead pansies and violas. Deadheading pansies and deadheading violas works the same way. You can clip off the faded blooms with a small pair of scissors, or you can pinch off the blooms. Be sure that you deadhead the plants at the base of the bloom, above a leaf cluster, to encourage the plants to continue to bloom.
Both pansies and violas will stop blooming and die off the warmer it gets. If you plant violas or pansies in the front of your home or business, and they get time in the sun as well as the shade, there’s a chance you can coax them to continue to bloom into the summer, or if you’re lucky, the fall. However, once it gets too hot, the flowers will stop blooming, and will reappear in the fall.
They don’t really like it hot at all so are great blooms for early spring and late fall. Not only do they not like the heat, they actually survive the cold really well and can bounce back from below freezing temperatures really well.