Pansy seedlings – indoors – depth of soil needed?


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Hi All.

I planted pansy seeds a couple of weeks ago in a shallow container with about 1-1/2 inches / 4 cm of soil. About half of them came up, which I thought not too bad for a first attempt, and the seedlings are now between 1 and 2 inches tall – looking a bit spindly, but healthy.

Should I re-plant them into deeper pots, and if so when? Now?

Any other tips gratefully received. Thanks!
 
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I would usually sow pansies in the springtime @Low Altitude, but as you have yours in now it would be a good idea to prick them out now into small pots (7cm) Make sure they have plenty of light and keep them just moist - not too wet. When you transplant them, don't touch the stems - rather handle them by the leaves. Good luck, hope they do well for you (y)
 

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Tetters,

Thanks so much – that's really helpful. Interesting advice about not touching the stems – I would not have thought of that. I'm guessing the reason is that at this stage, they are too fragile? Also grateful for the guidance about light and moisture. I may not be alone in erring on the side of over-watering seedlings (think I may have killed a batch of mint that way once).

Yes, the seed seller recommended spring sowing, but I felt like taking a chance to get some fall / winter color. They will be in a warm, south-facing room that gets plenty of light. Fingers crossed. Thanks again!
 
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You are most welcome :) Whatever you do, keep on growing stuff. It is one of the most rewarding occupations you can have.
 
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Isn’t it just?!?

An important anchor point for this human.

Thanks again for your advice. Will let you know how the pansies get on – I replanted them this evening.
 

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