How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Pansies

Purple Pansies

Pansies are the colorful flowers with “faces.” A cool-weather favorite, pansies are great for both spring and fall gardens! Here’s how to keep your pansies growing and blooming.

Pansies have one of the widest ranges of colors and are good for containers, borders, and as ground cover. The pansy is treated as an annual due to its leggy growth and is hearty in cool weather.


  • You can start pansy seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before you plan on transplanting them.
  • Plant seeds in late winter for early spring and summer flowering, or plant seeds in the summer for winter flowering.
  • Plant in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Learn more about soil amendments and preparing soil for planting
  • Pansies like sun, but cooler temperatures.
  • Space the plants about 7 to 12 inches apart. They will spread about 9 to 12 inches and grow to be about 6 to 9 inches tall.


  • Remember to water your pansies regularly. One of the most common reasons pansies fail is because they are not watered enough, so if your pansies are not doing well, try watering them more.
  • You can use a general, all-purpose fertilizer around your pansies to help them grow.
  • Remove faded/dead flowers to prolong blooming and encourage more flowers to grow.



Recommended Varieties

Wit & Wisdom

Planting Times

Pansies Characteristics

Botanical Name

Viola x wittrockiana

Plant Type Flower
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Bloom Time Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Flower Color Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow
Hardiness Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Special Features Attracts Butterflies