Pansies – How Long Will They Last?

Q: I have been enjoying my pansies and violas during the winter. How long will they continue to bloom? I hate to replace them for summer annuals if I can keep them blooming through summer.

A: Heat will eventually be their undoing. The plants will grow long, lanky and unbecoming. There’s no reason you ca’t enjoy them as long as possible and then pull them out and replace with petunia, begonia or lantana.