- Started several varieties from seeds on Sept 10 & 11th, 2017: Soft Light Azure Limonette Pansy; Clear Crystals Black Pansy; Chianti Mix Pansy; Panola Pink Shades Pansy; Strawberry Tricolor Pansy; Frizzle Sizzle Orange Pansy; Shangri-La Marina Viola; Cool Wave Pastel Mix Pansy; Acquarelle Gelato Mora Pansy; Acquarelle Flambe Lilac Pansy; Acquarelle Gelato Vanilla Pansy; Frizzle Sizzle Passion Fruit Pansy; Desiderio Orchid Rose Tricolor Pansy; Sorbet Raspberry Viola.
- Used peat moss as seeding medium.
- First seedlings to emerge: Sept 20th
- Hardening off seedlings: Oct 15th & 23rd
- From seeding to flowering: 96 days
- Fertilized with Dyna-Gro “Bloom” liquid fertilizer (2 tsp/gallon) on 1/21/18.
- Planted out on 2/6/18: Acquarelle Flambe Lilac Pansy; Acquarelle Gelato Mora Pansy; Bolero Soft Light Azure Limonette Pansy; Clear Crystals Black Pansy; Desiderio Orchid Rose Tricolor Pansy; Frizzle Sizzle Passion Fruit Pansy; Panola Pink Shade Pansy; Strawberry Tricolor Pansy; and Sorbet Raspberry Viola.
I will never start seeds in a single flat tray like I did with most of these seeds. I won’t use the extremely tiny little peat moss pellets again either. I’m not sure what happened this time around, but a lot of my pansy and viola seeds never germinated. I’ve had a lot of success with them the previous year.
One mistake I made was having the light source too far away from the seedlings, so as you can see from the pictures, they are very thin and leggy in their earlier stages of germination. Next time, I will make sure the grow light is very close to the seeding medium.
These seedlings didn’t need any hardening off really. I was so frustrated with the tangled mess they became in the trays, I transplanted them to individual containers and put them out on my back deck in mid to late October, which was still really warm here in Alabama. This area on my deck only gets late afternoon sun for a short time. I moved them into the greenhouse October 29th.
Things I Will Do Differently: For future pansies and violas, I will make my own seed-starting mixture with peat moss, vermiculite, and a little composted manure (like Black Cow). I am also going to start seeds in their own individual cups, 2-3 seeds per cup. This will eliminate the need to transplant little seedlings that germinate. If starting them in the house, I will make sure the grow light is very close to the seeding medium so seedlings that do germinate will not be so thin and spindly.