What temperature can potted pansies tolerate?
How to Care For Your Potted Pansies in All Kinds of Weather
Pansies are one of the most cheerful and vibrant plants that you can grow in your garden, and they make a great addition to any outdoor space or potted plant collection.
Due to their ability to withstand cooler temperatures, pansies are ideal for early spring and late fall planting, so they can be enjoyed in all kinds of weather.
What Are Potting Up?
Potted pansies are simply plants that are grown in containers rather than directly in the ground. This makes them easy to move around and care for, as well as allowing you to control their environment more closely.
Temperature Requirements For Potting Up
When it comes to the optimal temperature for potting up your pansies, it is important to keep them within a particular range in order for them to thrive and have the best chance of blooming.
Ideal Temperature For Potting Up During The Day
The ideal temperature range during the day is between 55°F – 75°F (12°C – 24°C). Higher temperatures can stress out your pansy plants and cause them not to bloom or develop properly.
Ideal Temperature For Potting Up At Night
At night, the ideal temperature should be between 40°F – 50°F (4°C – 10°C). This will ensure that your pansy plants remain healthy and have plenty of time to rest during the night.
Other Considerations When Growing Potting Up
Light: Pansies need plenty of light in order to grow properly, so be sure to provide them with at least 6 hours per day.
Water: Pansies need consistent watering, but be sure not to over water them as this can lead to root rot and other issues.
Fertilizer: Pansy plants benefit from regular fertilizing with a balanced fertilizer every 2-4 weeks during their growing season.
Protecting From Extreme Temperatures
Although pansy plants can tolerate cooler temperatures, they won’t do well if exposed too long periods of extreme heat or cold weather. If your area unexpectedly experiences an unusually warm or cold snap, take steps such as bringing your potted pansy indoors or providing some form of protection from the elements (such as a plastic covering) if possible.
Heat-Loving Varieties Of Potting Up
If you live in an area where summers are especially hot, there are certain varieties of pansy that can tolerate higher temperatures than others. Look for heat-loving varieties such as ‘Garden Party’ or ‘Johnny Jump-Up’. These will be more likely to survive extreme heat than other types of pansy.
Slow-Growing Varieties Of Potting Up
For areas where nights tend towards cooler temperatures even during summer months, there are certain varieties that will perform better than others due to their slower growth rate such as ‘Bella’, ‘Cool Wave’ or ‘Matrix’. These varieties may take longer to reach maturity but they will be more likely to survive cooler temperatures without suffering any damage.
When To Plant Outdoors
The best time for planting outdoors is after all danger of frost has passed and when soil temperature is at least 50–60 degrees Fahrenheit (10–15 degrees Celsius). For most areas this means late spring/early summer – around mid May through mid June depending on where you live.
Soil conditions should also be taken into consideration when planting outdoors – ideally you want soil that is moist but well drained with plenty of organic matter added prior to planting.