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I have grown my pansies from seeds. They are a bit straggly and I have just planted them into urns. Many of them are flowering - do I take the flowers off as they open or even as buds so they bush out or leave them to flower?



I think you may need to pinch them out to bush your pansies out a bit. I do that with quite a few summer bedding plants and it does help. I did it with Busy Lizzies and Angelonias this year, and they did start to flower again but of course later than they would have!

26 Aug, 2008


By pinch them out do you mean just break the heads off or take some leaves off as well? Sorry I am so thick but it's all new to me - I just remember my dad used to tell me to take the heads of the dahlias when they were small to make them bush out which is where I got the idea from!

26 Aug, 2008


Hi i had the same problem with mine, I didn't take the heads off i just really feed them up they are doing really well now also inherited some when we moved into our new home last month and they were really poorly looking (nearly dead) feed them so much that was a bit worried that i'd over done it but there lovely now. I used a multi use flower feed consentrate and like i said i uped the dose but it worked good look.

26 Aug, 2008


As they are new babies, I would still look for the growing points and pinch them out. This stimulates the plants into producing more side-shoots and therefore more flowers. I would have suggested a good feed earlier in the year, yes, but it's getting a bit late to rely on just that.

26 Aug, 2008


Good point think i might try giving a cut back on some of our inherited ones to give them abit more encouragment.

28 Aug, 2008

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