• Why are my pansy flowers getting so small?

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    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.)

    Yellow PansyI’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:

    • Remove spent blossoms regularly throughout the growing season. This will stop seedpods from developing and help your pansies retain more of their energy for blossoms.
    • Fertilize with a general water-soluble fertilizer every week or two throughout the growing season.
    • Prune your pansies when they start to look leggy.
    • Give your pansies the proper amount of water. Too much or too little water can cause root damage and can be a cause of withering foliage and blossoms.

    Happy planting!
    ~Indi

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