How Late in Season Can You Plant Pansies?

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How Late in Season Can You Plant Pansies?
The colour blotches inside pansies often resemble faces. (purple pansies image by Adam Fuller from

Any day of the year, somewhere in North America pansies are blooming. A true plant for all seasons, pansies grow in the summer in the north and the winter in the south. Planting advice depends upon where you live.


Brightly coloured pansies are the favourites of hanging baskets, window boxes and flower beds. The delicate-looking flower with a "face" is actually tough and durable. Pansies grow 6 to 8 inches tall with a similar spread.

Northern Time Frame

Start your pansy seeds inside six to eight weeks before setting them outside. For northern states, Iowa State University's website suggests starting seeds in June for transplant in August. This enables the pansy to develop roots before winter freezes.

Southern Time-Frame

However, geography is key to determining planting season. If you live in a more southern clime -- no more northern than Arkansas -- you can plant pansies from late September through November as a winter annual. Even when the pansies freeze solid, they will thaw out in the sun and continue to bloom all winter.

Late Planting Tips

If you plant to plant pansies late in the season, select strong, healthy plants with blooms or at least buds already formed. Young, small plants may not produce good flowers until spring.

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