Growing Pansies in Summer - Knowledgebase Question

Lockport, NY
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Question by LOUMARKAY
August 21, 1999
What kind of light, (sun, shade) and watering do they need to grow & prosper throughout the summer? Early Spring produces gorgeous flowers, but now, in August, half of them have dried up...even with watering.

Answer from NGA
August 21, 1999
Pansies simply need cooler weather to thrive and unfortunately many just can't survive our hot summers even though they are well watered. You can try moving them into a partially shaded spot with morning sun only and see if that helps, but even when they do survive they often seem exhausted by fall and don't bloom as well as younger more vigorous plants would. You might find that some of the violas are better able to handle the heat, although they too suffer somewhat. Ideally they do well in a rich, evenly moist yet well drained soil (not soggy) that is neutral or slightly alkaline. Most varieties also respond well to deadheading for improved vigor. I'm sorry I don't have a "magic answer" for you!

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