Got my viola and pansy seeds planted. I think it was 5 varieties, and different methods so hopefully will have good luck with some.
I have done as in the picture above, put violet flowers on cupcakes as decorations. Very pretty and fun. No sign yet of any ccoming up out in the garden. the frost is just leaving, highest temp. so far this winter was today 50 degrees, so spring isn't here yet.
I have one little pot with 5 seedlings up and making real leaves now. I have to get them transplanted today. The other two boxes have only shown grass seedlings so far - you'd think purchased soil would be weed free, wouldn't you? But I'm expecting to see some pansies soon. I have Romeo and Juliet, Antique Shades, and Copperfield planted. Those that are up are Antique Shades.
teh Antique shades of pansies are probably my fav. Didn't plant any this year, am trying to cut down on seed planting. They all have to be planted out in the garden later, and it is getting harder for me to do that, healthwise.
I have about 8 diff. varieties of Viola and pansy planted, and probably a dozen more to do. I just bought more seeds yesterday! Yikes! And I"m going to town today, with the purpose of buying seeds. DH is gonna freak LOL I told him to get a tiller this year, cause I'm probably gonna at least triple my planting areas this year. We have almost an acre of flat land, and I want COLOR everywhere :)
zone5girl, I too live in zone 5 and for me here it is too early to direct plant pansy seed outside. but they do need cool to germinate, 60 to 65 degrees, if you can find a location with those temps. Hope this helps.
Although they say cool temps, I have to germinate them in July in the greenhouse-the outside temps are in the 90's so I put a shade cloth on the greenhouse which brings me into the 80's for temps during the day. I get about 85-90% germ rate.
I would start them now-lay them on top of the soil, mist everyday with cold water and cover until they germ, then uncover and mist until they put out their first leaves.
Pansies do better with dryer soil-even when they are very young.
tigerlily123, thanks for the info, even tho I have been trying to grow pansies many years I just did what the envelope said, don't think I ever tried to germinate seed in warmth. Good info to put seeds on top of soil and mist with cold water. Thanks again.