How to Pot Pansies

Updated February 21, 2017

Pansies are a low-growing bedding plant that can withstand colder temperatures than many other flowering plants. Pansy flowers come in a wide variety of colours and add a much-needed vibrancy to fall, winter and spring gardens. In addition to planting them outdoors, you can place the pansies in a pot. Potting pansies is similar to planting them in the ground and special attention must be paid to the proper spacing and sunlight requirements.

Locate a pot that has at least three to four drainage holes in the bottom and set it on a flat work surface.

Fill the plant pot three-quarters full of potting soil. Level out the top of the soil with your hands.

Remove the pansy flowers from their nursery pots and place them on top of the soil in the pot. Space the pansies as close as 2 inches apart, or further if desired.

Add additional soil to the pot to fill in the spaces between each of the pansy plants, but do not bring it up higher than the top of the roots.

Press the soil down gently with your hands, ensuring that there is at least 1/2 inch of space at the top of the pot.

Water the pots from the top until it seeps out of the bottom drainage holes.

Place the pansy pots in a location that has full or partial sunlight for most of the day.


Apply a balanced, liquid plant fertiliser to the pots once per month to keep the pansy blooms looking healthy. Cover the pots with a frost blanket if temperatures drop below -3.89 degrees Celsius.

Things You'll Need

  • Plant pot
  • Potting soil
  • Water
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