How to Sow Frilly Giant Winter Pansy Seeds
One of the most popular winter bloomers in the United Kingdom. Frilly winter pansies are edible, a hardy bi-annual with double frilled petal flowers. Once established, pansies will bloom into a mix of colours including yellow, purple, blue and white. Frilly winter pansies can bloom the same year if seeds are sown early on. This winter variety is hardier than the summer variety and can survive mild winters in a sheltered area. For best results, pansies need full sun during the morning but avoid the high temperatures in the afternoon.
Guidelines on How to Sow Frilly Giant Winter Pansy Seeds
- Frilly winter pansies can be grown indoors, on a windowsill or conservatory that has plenty of light and warmth.
- To get the best coloured flowers, sow seeds indoors for 6 to 8 weeks and then transplant them outdoors after the last frost has passed.
- Cover the seeds lightly in fine soil, 1/16″ deep, spacing them out around 6 to 8 inches apart. Covering the trays or pots with a polythene wrap or bag will help to retain moisture.
- During the germination period, the seeds require darkness and will take between 10 to 20 days, keeping the soil moist.
- Sow seeds in the middle of spring once the last frost has passed, you can also sow them in late summer in mild winter areas.
- Transplant to your desired area, once the stems are large and strong enough to handle.
- Blooming frilly winter pansies can be harvested, with the entirety of the plant being edible.