How to Care for Pansies

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.

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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