How to Harvest Seeds from Pansies

Pansies are an absolute delight during the autumn season. With their cheerful and colorful blooms, they add a touch of beauty to any garden. Known for their “faces,” which are made up of flat petals that resemble expressive looks, pansies have become essential plants in green spaces everywhere. There are a wide variety of colors to choose from, including purple, gold, orange, and violet. Pansies can withstand the cold temperatures of winter, making them a great choice for long-lasting beauty in your garden.

When to Plant Pansies

While pansies are resilient and low-maintenance plants, they do require some specific care to ensure abundant and timely flowering. If you want to enjoy the beauty of pansies from the beginning of autumn until the start of summer, September is the ideal time to plant them. However, if you prefer starting from seeds, you’ll need to act quickly. The best months to prepare the seedbeds are July and August when there are still plenty of sunny hours available.

If you decide to start your seedbeds now, you can be successful as long as September still carries the warmth of summer. However, once they begin to germinate, it’s important to keep them indoors to protect them from potential winter frosts. Although pansies are tolerant of cold weather, they still need some extra care during their growing season. One of the essential elements for successful pansy planting is high-quality soil enriched with nutrients and organic materials. It’s also beneficial to use flowering fertilizers in the first few weeks after transplanting to ensure continuous blooming.

How to Harvest Seeds from Pansies

The velvety flowers of pansy plants bring vibrant colors to garden beds, fences, and containers. To promote their growth throughout the summer and fall, you can deadhead the dried flowers by pricking the back of them. Towards the end of summer and in winter, the pansy flowers will produce seeds. The seed heads will develop after the petals have fallen off the plants, and these filled pods can be collected and saved for future planting.

  1. Allow the flowers to wither and the petals to fall off. You will notice a central nucleus growing in the center of each star-shaped leaf unit.
  2. Observe the seed pods as they grow. Initially, they will be green in color and gradually develop a conical shape. The pods are ready for harvest when all five sepals turn light brown and become hard and dry. When shaken, they will make a rattling noise. Some pods may even pop open, allowing you to collect the seeds before they fall.
  3. Squeeze the seed pods or cut them off with scissors.
  4. Place the harvested seed pods into a small paper bag.
  5. Leave the pods on a paper towel for a few days to dry completely. Open them up and scrape out the seeds using your fingers. Store the dried seeds in labeled paper envelopes or glass jars.

Harvesting pansy seeds can be done in various ways, but harvesting them by seed is generally the most effective method.

In Conclusion

For successful pansy planting, aim to sow the seeds towards the end of August. It’s best to keep the seedbed in a sheltered location with moist soil and a temperature between 15º and 18ºC. Once your pansies have grown and established themselves, you can transplant them into your garden, adding even more beauty to your outdoor space.

I hope you find this guide on harvesting pansy seeds helpful. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to reach out. Happy gardening! Also, if you’re interested, you can learn about harvesting seeds from peace lilies here.