How to Sow Black Velvet Pansy Seeds
The flowers of black velvet pansies are edible and go great in salads, they can also be used on cookies and cakes for decoration. The flowers become an almost perfect black colour with no central eye. Sow anytime indoors or so, after the last frost has passed from mid march. When it’s time to transplant them from the seedbed make sure to move them once only, to their final place. From mid march you can sow directly outdoors after the last frost.
Sowing Edible Black Pansy Seeds
- To help stimulate a darker black colour early on, sow in a place with warmth up to 8 weeks before the last frost ( if transplanting outdoors )
- Black velvet pansies take between 10 to 20 days to germinate. Sow on the surface of a high quality fine compost. Cover seeds with around 1/16″ of compost.
- Black velvet pansy seeds need darkness during their germination period. Place seed trays or pots in a dark area which receives plenty of warmth.
- During the germination period keep the soil moderately moist. To help retain moisture, cover black pansy seeds with polythene or plastic wrap. This helps to retain moisture.
- Once the pansies flower, they can then be harvested for salads, cocktails, or as an added black garnish. Are all parts of pansies edible? The answer is yes! pansies are one of the safest plants for homes and gardens.