sandygrowSeptember 12, 2006

If I plant pansies in the fall, will they come back in the spring? Or must I plant ones that specifically say "guaranteed to bloom again in the spring?"

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Pansies are tender (and short lived) perennials. In warmer climates, they will bloom all fall, winter, and then really do grreeeaaattt in the spring. I doubt that your climate qualifies, unless you do some pretty serious protecting. They are quite hardy, but (probably) not that tough!

Which part of NY do you reside? Climate makes ALL the difference.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2006 at 1:05PM
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I am on Long Island. The past 3 years I planted pansies in the fall that said "guaranteed to bloom again in the spring." They did!! And beautifully!! I can't find pansies with that guarantee this year. Are all pansies the same? Perhaps it's still too early. The pansies worked out so much better than mums. Any help would be appreciated.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2006 at 7:57PM
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All of the Pansies at Lowe's here have the "guaranteed to bloom next spring" label on them. Have you checked there?

~ Jennifer

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 2:55AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You have about the same average lowest temperature as I do, here in Northern Alabama. Pansies, virtually all kinds, do perfectly well here over the winter. If threatened by a severe freeze (below 20), I'd cover the plants. The tops may die back in such a case, but they are likely to come back from the root system. Get them established soon!

Pansies should be a great 3 season plant for you.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 10:38AM
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Any pansy that has a face should overwinter just fine, but you shoud have started them in July. I sowed mine in situ and they are blooming now.

Last year I bought some faceless pansies at the garden center at Halloween (for 25c each!) to see what they'd do and they overwintered, too. AND bloomed until the night temperatures hit 75 here. Now these were larger plants, so I'm not sure how seedlings will do, but next spring I could answer the question if you ask it again.

I never cover mine. They look beat up in winter, but they still have flowers. When warm weather hits starting late Feb., look out!

I think it may be too late, but try it with a package and maybe cover the babies when the first hard frost hits. If Long Island is like here, you could have over a month longer of fine pansy weather for them to grow.


    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 3:53PM
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Thank you for the information! I think I'm too late and I'll have to look for started plants with faces. Does that mean the solid faced pansies are more delicate? I need 50 plants. Lowe's is selling the "guaranteed" spring bloom plants for $4 each. OUCH!!! Here's where I get compulsive. I'm now on a mission. I'll report back when I find plants at a reasonable price.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 7:15PM
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lyn_r(z6 OH)

Our local Lowe's just started selling the flats today. There are 18 plants in a flat for about $10.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2006 at 8:26PM
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I have no idea if the pansies with faces are different in terms of hardiness than the faceless pansies, but the reason I made a point to differentiate is twofold.

One, I've never seen the "guaranteed to winter over" sign on faceless pansies.

Two, The catalogs separate them...some catalogs call the faceless pansies Violas, and the pansies with faces, well, they call them Pansies!

I wasn't sure if those two things meant anything or not.

It APPEARS to me that faceless pansies can take more HEAT than pansies with faces and grow longer into summer. Of course, that has nothing to do with your question! :))


    Bookmark   September 16, 2006 at 1:23AM
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Commonly, the smaller viola is called a johnny-jump-up or simply viola, while the larger one is called a pansy.
The larger ones, the pansies, come with "faces" or solid. The solid are much more dependable, bloom more profusely, and make stunning displays if massed either in containers or in the ground. In the North, it's better to have them in the ground if possible because they can better withstand the extreme cold.
The worst pansy is Majestic Giant. VERY susceptible to fungal disease which pockmarks the blooms.
Johnny-jump-ups are even more hardy than pansies, and can take more extremes of temperatures both ways. The ones with markings seem to be just as hardy as the solids. In the late spring, they will still be attractive when the pansies begin to decline from the warmer temperatures.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2006 at 8:27PM
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cangrow(Z7 BC Canada)

My in-laws live in Zone 3, with winter temperatures to -40c (which is also -40F) and their pansies come back in the spring.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2006 at 11:42PM
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would any one know If I can over winter a mature viola plant I have. I bought this plant down south and brought back up north with me. doing fine with lots of flowers. would It survive In a sunny window or should I plant In to the ground come fall?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 11:14AM
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maidinmontana(Zone 5 Billings MT)

I would get it in the ground, it will do fine, we have them all over the place here where temps dip way below zero. I just got some in a trade that looked a little worse for the wear by the time I got them in the ground, but they are all normal looking now and growing beautifully.

I think pansies re-seed rather than come back from the roots. I noticed this past spring mine were dead on the original plant so I cut it off, a few weeks later I saw a seedling, not knowing what it was I left it alone and it was a pansy. Maybe they do both huh?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 10:39PM
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