The Q&A Archives: Pansy Care

Question: I have just discovered pansies, but am not sure how to care for them....dead head? cut back every so often? anything else? Are they perennials? Will they multiply and come back next year?

Answer: Pansies are considered to be cool season annuals because they do not tolerate summer's heat very well and in fact often die by early to mid-summer. In general they prefer a rich, moist yet well drained (meaning not soggy) soil with a neutral to alkaline pH. Dead heading is a good idea both for appearance's sake and to help the plant direct its energy to producing more blooms. Although the various pansy varieties will not come back from seed as a rule, you may find that the smaller violas will tolerate the heat and also self sow.

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