Q: My question is how to care for pansies. I wasn’t sure how to clip off the flowers that are dying. Do I do it with a scissors or pinch them off with my fingers? Or maybe you have another idea. How soon will another set of blooms come back?
A: Every spring I get a few questions about how to care for pansies.
In general, they are a pretty easy plant to mother. However, pansies do require a little tending or the spent blooms can make them look shaggy and flat.
Remove old blooms and their stems so they don’t rob energy from the plant. Don’t forget to remove dried, curled up leaves. They detract from the happy look of pansies.
I think a small scissors is the perfect tool for pansy maintenance.
After clean-up, your pansies will appreciate a little TLC in the form of fertilizer. If you want to keep your pansies producing blooms, don’t forget they need nourishment to perform. Use a little Miracle-Gro All Purpose Food 15-30-15 and fertilize your pansies ever two to three weeks.
Kitchen Tip: Did you know you can eat both the pansy flower and the leaves? Try dipping the flower in sugar to decorate a dessert or use pansy as a way to garnish your spring salad.