lifting winter pansies for geraniums

LavandeLavande Posts: 153

I want to plant out my geraniums window boxes now - they have been hardened off and it is milder here.  My containers still have quite good looking pansies though.  If I planted them into the soil would they come back next year? 

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  • BiljeBilje Posts: 378

    I don't think pansies are as long lived as bedding violas but someone more knowledgeable might know.. With violas I lift them, trim them, plant in a not to sunny area and keep well watered, and they get going again. The same might work for pansies,  what have you got to lose but a little time and effort. I'm just waiting for my parrot tulips to die back a little more before I pot my geraniums ,work in the garden never stops does it.

  • LavandeLavande Posts: 153

    Thanks Bilje, I'll try that.  No it never stops and I am a bit obsessed - I just lack the knowledge but not the enthusiasmimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,671

    Why not take some cuttings when you cut them back.  I've read that they'll root in water.

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...many of us are obsessed I think, to the point where our lives have been taken over..lol...

  • InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 178

    It seems a pity you have to move them. Pansies just keep going....

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,017

    How true that is Salino.I always promise myself 'don't get emotionally involved with my plants'.It never works though,if my Black Lab accidentally crushes a flower I take it very badly lol.

  • LavandeLavande Posts: 153

    I know, I know I felt terrible about moving them but the geraniums were burning a hole in my imagination and I'm worried I don't have time to plant them over the weekend because there is a lovely garden visit I just cant miss - I may even end up having to buy something at itimage.  I didn't disturb them as much as I needed to though - I've potted them out among five pots and have taken cuttings which will delight OH when he sees yet another window sill full of seedlings/plants - not. I'm just so indecisive but I've done it now and they do look okay and can show off in another side of the garden

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,671

    Those look more like violas than pansies to me - or possibly panolas - I'd cut them back, pot them on into fresh compost and look after them and let them bulk up then they'll be lovely plants to go back into your containers in the autumn image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • LavandeLavande Posts: 153

    Oh Dove are they not even pansies - Is that because they don't have the little face?

    Thank you so much, I will cut them back and repot them in new compost - they have flowered so profusely for months that they deserve to be pampered. I feel a bit fickle. I just like a lighter colour at the windows in summer and then the oranges and reds being rich and warm are perfect for the colder months. image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,736

    I've just cut back a load of violas in pots Lavande and will move them into fresh compost soon. 

    Those little orange ones are lovely- well worth giving a bit of tlc. I'd agree with Dove that they look like violas. I have a black one and those would look great with it.They go on forever if you cut them back and give them a little boost. image

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