Planting Pansies in the Fall
Fall is the main season for planting almost everything! For those who live in the 4-seasons regions, fall is the ideal time to plant spring-flowering bulbs, fruit trees, and some perennials.In the early 80's, the gardening industry initiated a campaign called "Fall is for Planting." While some folks saw this as simply a publicity stunt to help nurseries sell surplus stock at the end of the growing season, there are good reasons to consider planting certain things in the fall. Time to take the idea of "fall planting" to a new level!Many of your flowers and vegetables are withering… some may have declined so much that you've decided to remove them from the garden and from your deck and/or porch containers.
This year, rather than simply cleaning up all containers that just recently had flowers, why not replant some of them with pansies! Most nurseries have a very extensive offering of a reasonable price.Planting pansies in the fall? Why not? Not only do pansies extend the flower season beyond the normal time frame, but they can continue to grow and bloom through the winter!Most people always think of pansies as spring flowers; but, pansies can extend the flower season well into the late fall and even early winter. Some pansies can actually survive temperatures in the single digits! So, put off cleaning up some of your outdoor planters, and plant pansies to have some living color much longer this year!Planting pansies in the fall is not relatively a new trend, but more and more people are becoming aware of the opportunity. Certain nurseries might even be running specials. For example, Burpee is offering pansies for fall delivery. And, the folks at Southern Living Magazine have a nice little online slide show of 19 decorating ideas with pansies and violas.If you do choose to plant pansies this fall, be sure to plant as early as possible, choose healthy plants that will withstand the colder weather, and ensure good drainage for your plants.Chances are that you still have several weeks to plant some pansies in your containers or flower gardens. Jump of the nurseries offer of fall delivery & try something new this season!