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What to do with Pansey seedlings

I have been given lots of small pansey seedlings that don't seem to be growing. I have potted them on but they still don't seem to be getting any bigger! Can I keep them in the greenhouse over winter and plant them in spring when they decide to grow bigger? What sort of care should I give them to encourage better growth. 


  • LynLyn Posts: 22,889
    That’s exactly what you do with them, they wont  grow now it’s getting cold, they’ll spring up next Spring then you can plant them out, harden them off first though.
    Dont be temped to feed them, they are resting now.
    When they’ve finished in your tubs and baskets you can cut them right back and plant them out in the garden,  I’ve got some here that have been coming up each year forever.  
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Do they need to be kept in a warm greenhouse? I only have a cheap simple cold greenhouse/coldframe. Will this be enough for them over winter? 
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,889
    That will be fine, I don’t have heating in mine, it’s just to keep wind, rain and frost off whilst they are tiny. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Always makes me laugh the saying. " You little pansey "  meaning soft , but they are really tough plants , I wonder how the saying come about .
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,889
    The young Pansy is not that tough, it’s susceptible to green fly and mould.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,029
    I'd agree with Lyn - on both counts. They just need a bit of shelter for now while they're small and vulnerable. They won't do anything until spring. Lovely looking little seedlings though  :)
    Even the hardiest and toughest of plants are  susceptible to all sorts of pests and diseases when they're little.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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