All You Need to Know About Blue Pansy and How to Grow It

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Blue pansy is one of the most popular types of flowers to plant in your yard.

They can provide a pleasant atmosphere for your home.

In addition to having a beautiful color, the reason why many people plant this type of flower is that planting and care are quite easy.

You only need to know the following tips for the successful planting of blue pansy for your home page.

Getting to know Blue Pansy

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Blue Pansy is a type of hybrid plant that belongs to the short-lived annual plant of the Violaceae family.

The plant, which has the scientific name Viola x wittrockiama, is native to Europe and West Asia.

With the beautiful flowers they have and how easy it is to grow them, pansies are chosen as the plants they will plant.

The word ‘Pansy’ itself comes from the French mid-15th century, namely “penser” which means to think or contemplate.

They are perfect for growing in USDA zones 6 through 10.

There are several types of pansies that come in different beautiful colors.

There are yellow, red, orange, white, and blue pansy which we will discuss this time.

Each different color has a different meaning.

For blue pansy, usually symbolizes loyalty and honesty.

Just like roses  pansies are also often symbolized as feelings of love, so they are suitable for you to give to your loved ones.

With proper planting and care, pansies can grow to a height of 4-8 inches by 4-6 inches wide.

Are Blue Pansy Edible?

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Pansies including blue pansy is some of the most famous edible flowers in the world.

Almost all parts of the pansies, including the stamens, pistils, petals, and sepals are edible.

Its mild mint flavor is perfect for some desserts.

Pansies are popularly eaten fresh in salads, or some types of desserts such as cakes.

The beautiful colors it has made every dish decorated with these pansies even more beautiful.

Although almost all parts of the flower are edible, you need to be careful with the seeds.

Don’t let you eat it.

The seed portion of pansies is considered to be mildly toxic to humans where if ingested, it may give some mild symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea.

In China itself, these pansies are often used as traditional medicine for centuries.

As for pets, they are actually quite safe to plant around your pets.

This plant is also not listed as a poisonous plant in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

However, your pet may experience a slight stomach ache.

How to Grow Blue Pansy

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Growing blue pansy in your yard is the right and safe way to beautify them.

Generally, they will bloom in spring to early summer.

Therefore, we recommend that you start growing blue pansy in winter or start by planting their seeds indoors and then transplanting them into your garden after the last snow has gone.

Planting them in the fall can be a risk as blue pansy do not tolerate cold.

USDA Zone 7 or warmer is a great zone to be able to grow blue pansy throughout the winter.

This plant requires full sun to partial shade to grow.

A good type of soil for growing blue pansy is loose, well-drained soil with a slightly acidic soil pH, which is between 6.0-6.2.

You can also replace it with acidic potting soil.

Pansies are heavy feeders, which means you have to give them fertilizer to help fertilize them to bloom properly.

It is quite difficult to grow pansies from seed, growing them from established plants from local nurseries will make it much easier to grow them.

However, if you want to grow pansies from seed, you can start by planting them indoors in late winter for early spring and summer flowering.

When planting them, make sure to space the plants about 7 to 12 inches apart.

Your blue pansy will generally sprout in about 10 days.

After the germination process occurs, it is best to keep the temperature as low as possible between 50-65 degrees.

How to Care for Blue Pansy

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Do deadheading to control seed dispersal and encourage your blue pansy to continue growing thicker and fuller than before.

Deadheading can also help clean up the appearance of the plant.

The method is quite easy, you just need to pinch or cut the flower stem right at the bottom of the flower and right at the top of the first set of healthy leaves.

Do this when the plant fades from blooming.

For watering, you can do it regularly to keep the soil moist but don’t make them wet.

Therefore, you should plant them in pots that have drainage holes at the bottom to drain water properly.

Give your blue pansy a balanced fertilizer to nourish them.

If you don’t give them fertilizer, your blue pansy can become leggy.

When this happens, cut them off by a third, but still leave some leaves to fertilize the plant.

Apart from a lack of fertilizer, your blue pansy will generally be leggy as summer approaches which can make them stretch.

If you see signs of pests, use slug bait or thin the plant to keep it from getting too moist.

Pests that commonly attack blue pansy are snails or aphids.

With proper care, pansies will drop seeds easily.

You can use these seeds to plant again in the following season.

As a companion plant for blue pansy, Asparagus Fern, Sweet Alyssum, and Dusty Miller can provide a cool contrast to your yard.

When winter comes, mulch your blue pansy up to 2-3 inches deep.

It can protect them from the freezing and thawing that keeps them off the ground while keeping the soil temperature even.

Mulch can conserve moisture, prevent weeds from growing, and can help your blue pansy look good.

If you see the growth of weeds or nuisance plants, immediately pull them out and clean them so they don’t interfere with the growth of the blue pansy you plant.

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