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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:53 pm    Post subject: feed winter pansies? Reply with quote

Should winter pansies be fed over winter?. Box says they should be fed weekly while flowering, they flower over winter, but I was told not to feed them at all?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Winter pansies, They are usually bought in by nurseries late summer early autumn as plugs and grown on in greenhouses, you will find them in garden centres now in flower sold as winter pansies, unfortunately most of the flowers will fall off over the winter depending on the weather, the larger F1 these usually have big flowers they will get damaged by the wind some will hang in there but they really come into their own early spring next season when they have a second flush then they should be fed with a high potash food to increase flowering.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
Winter pansies, They are usually bought in by nurseries late summer early autumn as plugs and grown on in greenhouses, you will find them in garden centres now in flower sold as winter pansies, unfortunately most of the flowers will fall off over the winter depending on the weather, the larger F1 these usually have big flowers they will get damaged by the wind some will hang in there but they really come into their own early spring next season when they have a second flush then they should be fed with a high potash food to increase flowering.
what exactly is a plug. can anyone buy them and grow them on? The ones I got have a label saying winter pansies and to feed when flowering. It seems a bit of a con to have that on the label. Here are some at aldi tomorrow http://www.aldi.ie/ie/html/offers/special_buys3_24085.htm which essentially says they flower over winter
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A plug is a small degradeable mesh bag about the size of your thumb, in which small seedlings are propagated. They're for wholesale use, so unless you want an awful lot (1000s) don't bother. The plug plants then get potted, and grown on to the size you have now. You can add some slow release fertilizer granules at planting time if you want.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tippben wrote:
A plug is a small degradeable mesh bag about the size of your thumb, in which small seedlings are propagated. They're for wholesale use, so unless you want an awful lot (1000s) don't bother. The plug plants then get potted, and grown on to the size you have now. You can add some slow release fertilizer granules at planting time if you want.
Thanks for that
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to buy plugs try here http://www.mellifontabbeygardens.ie/
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