Winter Flowers

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Hodge, Oct 1, 2002.

  1. Hodge

    Hodge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    I was watching a Home Improvement channel the other day and they were advertising something called freeze pansies. They are able to live during the winter...freeze hard and still recover after the ice melts...

    Has anybody hear of these?? and when can I get some??
  2. Hodge

    Hodge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    Thanks for the help but I found it they are called Icicle pansies
  3. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    They are pretty popular around here. Flower in the fall when you put them the winter they go somewhat dormant but then pop back up in full force come February/March. Not a god plant if you are trying to make money thoguh as it cuts out your early spring planting. I prefer to plant ornamental Kale In October.....Its looks beautiful through January sometimes and then I install my pansies first thing in the spring.
  4. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    just bought 200 icicle pansies yesterday. THey are 'guaranteed' to sprout as you mentioned in late winter. We'll see. MOst of my commercial clients dont do any flower planting in early spring until we can do the summer flowers like wave petunias (if you have never used these, you are issing out on the BEST looking, drought tolerant plant ever developed) anyway I'm not losing anything in spring by having these sprout back. THe thing I dont like about pansies is that they do not spread much after takes a whole lot more plants to make mass platings than if you were planting marigolds petunias etc...oh and the icicles cost double what the typcial pansy costs. I too like the ornamental kale/cabbage...holds up very well and looks great. Lowes is carrying the icicles if you have a store near you
  5. Hodge

    Hodge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    The closest dealer to me is 456 miles away.. I am in N. TX. How much did they cost per plant and do you receive a discount for volume purchase?
  6. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

    In North Texas you wouldn't need those specific types of pansies. The pansies offered at your local nursery will do fine if taken care of properly. Any hard freezes to come here are usually warned before happening. If the pansies aren't dryed out, a freeze isn't likely to do much to them. If an extended hard freeze is expected, have them covered. I've planted pansies for years and the only time I've had problems, was when they were stressed before a freeze. Good luck.
  7. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    Icicle pansies are the best thing sinced sliced bread. Plant in fall have a bit of a show and then in spring you have a fantastic show before anyone can even get the regular pansies in the ground. I won't even bother with regular pansies anymore. Although they cost more I can double how far they cover by breaking each cell into two individual plants.
  8. trailboss

    trailboss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    Like Turfguy I am also in North Texas. We plant Pansies every fall and as long as they are watered regularly they will be fine.
  9. Hodge

    Hodge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    Sold :dizzy:
  10. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

    What do you guys get per flat? I charge anywhere from 20-30 dollars per flat.

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