Plant questions and answers! This week: My pansies used to be so big and pretty earlier in the year but now their blossoms seem to be getting smaller and smaller. Why is that happening? (Ask your plant or gardening question.)
I’ve seen this a lot, and here’s what I’ve gathered and what seems to make sense to me: As it gets later in the growing season, pansies (and many other early-flowering annuals) have begun to deplete their energy. It’s likely they have been flowering (and even nurturing seed pods) for many months by August or September.
While it might be a bit late for this year’s pansies to recover from a long spring and summer of blooming, here are a few things you can do to help your pansies produce larger late-season flowers next year: