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Do pansies like cold weather?

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Pansies don't like extremely cold weather, but they are excellent cool season flowers. Gardeners are encouraged to cover pansies with sheets if they are expecting a cold snap. If very cold weather threatens, straw or other types of mulch should be mounded up around the plants.

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Pansies are annuals, but there are cases where they can be grown as perennials because they self-seed. Though they are small and delicate-looking plants, they are quite hardy, especially when it comes to cool climates. They don't do well in hot areas and are best planted in hardiness zones 4 through 8. They prefer to grow in full sun and rich, slightly acidic soil.

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