proper light for pansies - Knowledgebase Question

N. Miami Beach, Fl
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Question by livinglightj
March 15, 2010
This blog is great! I just bought some pansies & johnny jump-ups to enjoy thru the long cool weeks we've been having.Coastal S.Fla. Z 9b/10. only to get a warm spell. Can I put them at my east/south window in my air cond. bedroom, til the next cool front? It gets direct sun til mid morn. bright indirect til 5pm. the permanent spot gets direct noon sun.

Answer from NGA
March 15, 2010
I don't think your pansies will be happy indoors. The light isn't intense enough to promote good growth and flowering - unless you have gro-lites or other supplemental lighting. I'd keep them in the shade outdoors (an hour or two of direct morning sunshine will be fine) and then I'd collect some seeds or allow the seeds to spill onto the ground all by themselves. When the original plants die down in the heat, the seeds will remain dormant and will sprout on their own when the weather conditions are just right. You can expect them to pop up in November or December and grow nicely until March. Best wishes with your pansies!

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