Pruning Leggy Pansies - Knowledgebase Question

Brooklyn, NY
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Question by claudiaasa
July 9, 2000
My pansies have gotten very leggy and aren't blooming as much as they once were, what is the proper way to prune them?

Answer from NGA
July 9, 2000
Pansies may become leggy and somewhat exhausted during hot weather, especially if they have bloomed heavily since early spring. You can try to rejuvenate the plant by trimming it back hard, setting it in a cool, partly shaded location, and fertilizing it with a water soluble fertilizer for flowering annuals according to the label instructions. In some cases, though, the plants are just so bedraggled that it is better to start anew in the fall.

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