Question: We satrted some pansies from seeds in a few pots on the deck. They seem to do well, they get pretty big, but they don't produce flowers? Perhaps we have too many in the pot? Don't know much about growing flowers and such, any ideas?
Answer: Pansies need a long lead time to mature enough to bloom, some varieties might take three months or so. They also need a rich soil, so be sure to fertilize them regularly with a fertilizer formulated for blooming plants acording to the label instructions. Thinning them as needed to keep the plants from crowding each other is also important; if they are too crowded they will compete with each other for space, light, water and nutrients. If they are in tiny pots you may need to move them up into a larger pot or put half a dozen or eight or nine (or more, if they are a smaller variety) in a half barrel sized planter for example. Finally, pansies grow best in cool weather, so although full sunis fine for them in spring and fall, you will probably need to locate them in a cooler spot with partial shade all day or perhpas morning sun only for the hot part of the summer.
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