How to Fill Pansy Planters

Filling pansy planters requires you to make sure that the container has excellent drainage in place. Fill pansy planters with help from a certified horticulturist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Donna Emery from Glover Nursery in West Jordan, Utah. We are going to learn how to fill a pansy planter. First, choose a container that has a hole in the bottom, that is essential. It's very difficult to grow anything in a container that doesn't have good drainage. So, make sure your pot has a hole in the bottom or drill one. I have filled it about three-fourths full of a good high quality potting soil, this one is all organic, all natural. I'm selecting some brightly colored pansies to stand up to this strongly colored pot that I've chosen in cobalt blue. I'm going to take the tallest of my pansies here and put it in the middle.Squish some soil around it, I want these pansies to just be about half an inch below the lip of the container. They're short and so, they're not going to show up very well, if I plant them too deep. As I go, I can work in a good organic, granular fertilizer, you can also use a slow-release chemical on, if you like. Organic ones are naturally slow-release, so I don't have to worry about them burning the plants. I'm going to space my colors out, so that I have a good mix of colors. Because I have a dark one here, I'm going to put a dark one on the opposite side. Then, I have brightly colored yellow ones, so I want to disperse those evenly. Because that's the first thing your eye is going to go towards, would be the yellow ones. I have some pretty blue ones too, and I wanted to be sure and use blue in this container because that coordinates with the color of the pot. There's another blue one around this side, and there's an orange one, maybe I'll put the orange between the yellow and the blue. You notice, I'm packing these in here fairly tightly. In a container, you want your plants to be almost touching when they go in the pot, otherwise it's going to take them too long to fill in all the empty spaces. O.k., common, get some of these out of here. Another bright yellow right at the front, and one more blue one that's just about to pop. I like to massage the roots a little bit, that way, they're going to break out of their container faster, if you've roughened up the roots. Especially if there's a lot of root and they're fairly pot bound. You need a little more soil, I'm going to hold this guy up. Continue filling in all the gaps with your good quality potting soil, tap it down lightly, but firm enough to hold these plants in place. Then, water gently but thoroughly, let it drain and fill in with a little bit more soil and water again. You have filled your pot with beautiful spring pansies. I'm Donna Emery from Glover Nursery.


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