Can I grow Pansies as a house plant?

Wetumpka, AL(Zone 8a)

I got two beautiful pots of Pansy flowers yesterday on sale at Lowe's. I wonder if I can keep them as house plants in a bright room with lots of windows?
Any one had any experience with them inside? Thanks!

Opp, AL(Zone 8b)

Well, even if they died, it wouldn't be overnight. No harm in trying since they are short-lived entities anyway. Where you are, they should bloom constantly outside either in the ground or in their pot, until they are overcome by heat sometime in the late spring/summer. Is that an option for you? Cold nights will not bother them at all, pinch off the dead flowers at least weekly for the most blooms per plant. For in the house, you might like wax Begonias, which also bloom constantly all winter. Then you can plant them outside as perennials later if you want.

Bay City, MI(Zone 6a)

What Tiff said + .... maybe in a cool, bright room in which you can keep the humidity up. My guess is they'll balk if you can't keep the humidity north of 45-50%.

Al

Wetumpka, AL(Zone 8a)

Thank you both, I put them in my sun room and they have already bloomed since I bought them. The blooms are stretched and poorly looking though, Im guessing there not getting enough light even though there right by a large east window.
Im going to wait and see what the rest of the blooms look like as they open, but i'm thinking I may just put them out on my front porch and enjoy them there till the heat arrives.

Bay City, MI(Zone 6a)

That's what I'd do - they'll take a little frost, even. Best luck though - no matter what you decide. ;-)

Al

Opp, AL(Zone 8b)

Yes, Pansies make a huge effort to hold the flowers above the plant, each bloom lasts a very short time (days,) soon turning downward and closing. When deadheading, I try to nip the flower stems below the foliage so it doesn't end up looking spiky.

I would vote for outside because there is more humidity and the natural flow of cooler nights, warmer days, less risk of pests bothering them - spider mites. My folks had their 50th anniversary this weekend and were thrilled when I showed up with 50 pansies for their yard. Truly one of the heroes of winter.

I have some in a pot on the front porch (with snapdragons, another winter hero) and when it starts getting hot, I'll put the pansies in a shady spot where they'll get cool air flow from under the house. That will help them last as long as possible. (Snaps get moved to sun.) Then do a different arrangement in the pot for summer's heat.

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