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Winter flowers

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Dinger, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Dinger

    Dinger Apprentice Gardener

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    Can anyone please tell me when to plant winter flowering pansies? I was looking to buy plug plants. Thankyou.
     
  2. Alice

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    Welcome to the forum Dinger.
    I think winter flowering pansies are most reliable when you buy them already flowering.
    Any I've bought as young plants failed to perform.
    Maybe other people got on better.
     
  3. Lizyann

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    Welcome Digger.

    You can usualy find pansy and viola plug plants for sale in the Garden centres in about Sept/October time.
     
  4. pete

    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    I'd be inclined to agree with sept/oct, it gives them chance to establish before the onset of winter.

    Perhaps as your "up North" september would be best:)
     
  5. Alice

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    yes, As I said, I would agree with Sep/ Oct as long as the flowers are already on them.
    I wouldn't buy anything earlier that said "winter flowering" if there was no flowers on them as in my experience they just don't do it,
     
  6. JWK

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    I planted my winter flowering violas last September as plug plants and got a lovely display in March/April (was hoping they would flower in December) - mine were mail order and not in flower when I planted, so I'd go with Alices' advice.
     
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