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09/11/2013 at 21:31

Hi, is it too late to buy Winter Pansies online and plant them (in pots)?

When my mum and I went to the garden centre about 6 weeks ago, they'd already sold out. She's gone on holiday and I'd love to plant some as a surprise for when she gets home, as she usually has them every year.

If it's not too late, does anyone have any online recommendations for where to buy them?

Many thanks,


09/11/2013 at 21:38

No its  not too late. Why not give your local garden centre a ring to see  if they have had more delivered.Many supermarkets often sell them, well worth a look Violas  can offer an attractive alternative     Good luck      

09/11/2013 at 21:45

Thanks Airwaves! Violas - will look out for those as well.

10/11/2013 at 06:47

Violas are so lovely - stockier and more floriferous than pansies and they stand the winter weather much better - and scented too 

10/11/2013 at 10:56

Thanks for the tip! Will look out for violas as well.

10/11/2013 at 12:48

If you buy on line and they are sold as plugs, they will be to small to plant out now, but you can pot them up, keep in a cold greenhouse or cold frame and plant out early Spring. If you want to plant out now, the supermarkets have some 

In 3/4 inch pots, those can go out now.

10/11/2013 at 15:03

Thanks for the advice Lyn.

10/11/2013 at 19:50

In fact Dovefromabove, I think it might have been Violas I was thinking of all along. I just thought they were 'large pansies' - didn't know they had their own name. Thanks for that.

10/11/2013 at 19:59

Violas are smaller than the big pansies - there are lots of colours and some have little pansy faces and some are plainer

10/11/2013 at 20:04

Thanks Dove, I was just about to pop back on and correct myself  - I realised I was mistaken. So many pretty flowers to choose from!

10/11/2013 at 20:11

Aren't they gorgeous?  Every year another one becomes my favourite 

15/11/2013 at 23:16
I personally like violas better than pansies , surprised that they have sold out , I was at our local B & Q on Wednesday and they had plenty
16/11/2013 at 10:45

I was told you don't have to deadhead Violas like you do Pansies. Is this true? I would make them hassle free!

16/11/2013 at 10:57

If I'm growing violas in borders then I don't deadhead them and let them self-sow, but if I've got them in pots on the terrace then I do deadhead them as they look a bit smarter that way.  I'm not sure whether that encourages them to flower more prolifically, as I've not grown the same violas in the two different places

16/11/2013 at 11:25

Thanks Dovefromabove, mine are in planters. Better get the secutures out.

16/11/2013 at 14:45

i havent had a chance to dead-head mine, my chickens have started doing that job for me 

17/11/2013 at 10:49

lucky you, I'd love to have chickens. Any idea's on plants I can put in planters now to see me through the winter?

17/11/2013 at 17:49

I have violas, pansies and cyclemen (hardy ones) out in pots, the Spring and Summer bulbs planted under them. Why don't you get some chooks, they're fab (if you remember to protect your plants that is lol ) 

17/11/2013 at 19:58

Much prefer violas to pansies.  When flowerimg eases I divide them, cut flowers and foliage back and pot up.  

17/11/2013 at 20:04

Thanks for all your comments and advice! In the end, I ordered some winter pansies online ( - would use again) - went for a red and white theme.

I went for larger flowers, as I prefer them in winter. I thought they'd be more low-maintenance. However, thanks for all advice about violas - I had never come across them before, but will definitely get some in the spring. I love the idea of an orange/yellow combo.

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