How to Plant Pansies in Pots

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Planting pansies in pots requires you to always remember the hole in the bottom of the pot. Plant pansies in pots with help from a certified horticulturist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Donna Emery, and we're at Glover Nursery in West Jordan, Utah. We are going to plant some pansies in a pot. You can use just about any container to plant flowers in, but it has to have one very important requirement, and that's a hole in the bottom. If it doesn't have a hole, try and find another container, there are ways to plant in containers that don't have a drainage hole, but I don't think its worth it. Just find one with a hole, or make one. I'm using an organic potting soil that comes bagged, this is made of a number of ingredients, all of them, all natural and organic, and give our pansies a good home here. I'm filling the container about three-fourths full of potting soil, I will fill further up once I get the pansies in the container. Now, because I chose a very brightly colored pot, I also chose strongly colored pansies,so they can stand up to this color. This is a mix this is called Matrix Clear Mix, it has several different colors in it. You don't have to mix pansies to have them look good, I actually like bowls that are planted with just one color. Now, you get these out, you can actually just turn it upside-down, squeeze the bottom of each little container. These are very well rooted, that's why it was hard to get them out of the container. I like to tear a bit off the bottom and rough up the roots just slightly, so they won't remain so root bound. I'm going to go into my container, place the pansies, so it's just about half an inch below the top of that container. Pansies are short and I don't want to hide too much of them. So, I just keep going around, roughing up the roots and putting them about an half an inch below. I'm paying attention to the colors here, so I get a good color distribution. And I'm turning their little faces outward, so they'll look prettier. I'm planting them pretty close together, they're almost touching, In a flower bed, you wouldn't plant them this close, but in a container they need to be closer together, in order to look right and to fill in faster. If there are any dead or yellowed leaves, I' pick them off, you can do this before or after. Let's see, I think I want an orange one, and I don't know that I have an orange one in this container, so I'll take one from here. Now, it has a bit more orange color in it, roughing it up just a tad. This one is a bit taller and a very strong color, so I'm going to put it in the middle. I need more soil, so I'm just going to reach in for a handful. And I think I have room for two more, so I think, I'm going to choose another blue one and one more yellow one. Let's scratch those roots. Finish filling with soil in between and around the pansy plants, don't heavily compact, but you do need to firm the soil around the roots and make sure there's no air pockets in there. O.k., I'm going to add a little bit of fertilizer, you can use a pelletized slow-release fertilizer like this one, or an organic one like this one. I like organic fertilizers, so I'm going to use that one. With organics, you would use more than you would with a pelleted one like Osmocote or a commercial chemical fertilizer. So, I'm just going to work that into the soil, this one's down too low. Finish filling in with soil, water thoroughly but gently. And make sure you water again the next day, plants and containers need water in the summer time, almost everyday. So, this one, I plan on watering everyday. We have filled our pansy planter with plants, it will last in the shade throughout the spring. In this shade, into the summer and re-bloom in the fall. Thanks, this is Donna Emery, from Glover Nursery.

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