Gibson Priest

Gibson Priest

Pansies grow well in November in Northwest Georgia due to our temperatures.

The ideal temperature range for pansies is 40 degrees at night to 60 degrees during the day. In Polk County, most pansies are planted in the fall of the year and may even produce a few blooms in late fall and winter. Come spring they are well established and most varieties are intolerant of hot dry weather.

Pansies belong to the violet family. Most pansies are hybrids. These hybrids are larger flowered, more vigorous, earlier flowering, and more heat tolerant than most non-hybrids. Pansies are available in almost all colors. Flower sizes range from 1-4 inches.

Pansies are an excellent choice for low borders and for bedding. They mix well with spring flowering bulbs. They also work well in planters and window boxes. They grow best in full sun or light shade. Too much shade will reduce flowering and may result in spindly plants.

For bedding purposes, plants should be spaced about 6 inches apart. A fertile soil with drainage is essential for optimal growth. A split application of fertilizer is usually recommended, in the fall at planting and again in spring around March. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers because they tend to produce “soft” plants.

If you have any questions regarding your planting or fall gardening plans, please contact the extension office at 770-749-2142 or email uge2233@uga.edu.

For more information and details on upcoming events, check out the Polk County Extension office on Facebook by searching “UGA Extension Polk County.”

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