Slow Growing Pansies - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Susan Sherwood
Wayland, MA
Question by sherwoodjm
February 3, 1998
Our local paper said that it is not too early to start indoor germination of "slow-growing" pansy seeds. Are there "slow-growing" varieties of pansies versus varieties that come up faster?


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Answer from NGA
February 3, 1998

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Sounds as though the reporter inadvertently confused his readers. Pansies are cool-season plants that can be slow to germinate and slow to grow. The seeds take about 10-15 days to germinate and 10 weeks to grow to transplant size. Pansies are pansies, though, and can be started indoors now and transplanted out into the garden about two weeks before your last average frost date. As soon as they have their second set of leaves they can be set out into the garden, even if the weather is still on the coolishside. You might want to contact the newspaper and let them know how confusing their article was!

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