January 26, 2010 - 00:00

Inspire is a new series of pansies bred to take the heat of early fall production and withstand the rigors of cold Northern winters. Short flower stems and a compact habit give growers in Northern and Southern climates alike a quality pansy series in 24 colors.
Inspire pansies can be used in containers, perennial beds and landscape borders. They perform best in full sun to partial shade.
Germination takes four to seven days at 62-68° F. Cover seeds lightly with vermiculite. Do not keep too wet. During plug culture, maintain temperatures of 62-68° F in Stage 2. In Stages 3 and 4, keep temperature at 55-62° F. Fertilize weekly with 100-ppm nitrogen, alternating 20-10-20 and 14-0-14.
Transplant after six to seven weeks into packs or pots, and grow on at 50-55° F. Fertilize weekly with 100- to 150-ppm nitrogen using 14-0-14 to promote root growth and compact habit. Supplement with calcium nitrate and potassium with magnesium, boron and other micronutrients. Do not overfertilize or overwater. Avoid urea and ammonium nitrogen fertilizers.
Total crop time is 15 to 18 weeks.

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