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Nigella2Nigella2 Posts: 12
Is there really any difference between spring/summer and winter pansies or is it just about when they are planted or when they flower? I've got loads that have been flowering for months (I've had time for deadheading now that I'm not working!) and look as if they would go on forever apart from the leaves getting tatty.


  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 571
    I don't know for sure but I doubt it. I suppose that some varieties might be naturally hardier than others.  Frequently you will get new plants if you leave a few flowers to set seed when they get leggy and tatty. 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,169

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970
    Autumn planted pansies will flower through to next year well into the year.
  • Nigella2Nigella2 Posts: 12
    Thanks. Can't bring myself to bin my rather tatty-looking flowers just yet!
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,996
    Don’t throw them away, just grab them around the neck and chop them, they’ll grow up fresh again, mine have been in for years.  If you have any ripe seeds you can sprinkle them or sow in a tray in September for planting out next year.
    They have to be ripe seeds though, the pods split open in a tricorn  shape. Catch them quick or they’ll be gone.  
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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