In yesterdays post Seed Germination 101 We looked at the process of germinating and transplanting a crop of pansy seeds. Today I will take you through to time for planting outdoors. If you remember at about the 14th day we transplanted the seedlings to cell pack.This is what the pansies looked like at 3 weeks.
Pansy Seedling 3 Weeks After Sowing
The seedlings are beginning to get their 2nd set of leaves and their roots are starting to grow quickly. During this time the daytime temperatures in the greenhouse range from 65 degrees to 68 degrees. The night time temperature is 58 degrees.
Pansy Seedlings At 5 Weeks
The seedlings really start to take off from this point. We are feeding the seedlings with a 1/2 strength solution of Miracle Grow every other watering . The plants start to grow much more rapidly as they grow more and more roots.
Seedlings Really Take Off At 7 Weeks
Once the seedlings have reached this size they really take off and are about 4 weeks away from being ready to flower. It is important that they receive adequate light so do not overcrowd them or allow them to be shadowed by other plants in the greenhouse.
Pansies 10 Weeks After Sowing
After 10 weeks the pansies are starting to show some color and are almost ready for planting out. During the last week if the weather is not to bad I will move them outside for several hours every day so they can adjust to the outdoor temperatures. Once they are hardened off they can be planted out side.