Local Pansies

By: Stuart Delk | Floral Director
On: April 02, 2016

DLM Pansies are the synthesis of many stories. First, the DLM customers who purchased our custom-grown pansies last year told us that they had never experienced such luxuriant growth and size of blooms. What makes DLM Pansies different? They’re grown without growth regulators, a practice completely at odds with industry standards. Growing without chemical regulators is more expensive and more challenging. It takes additional time and more attention to detail, which takes us to the next story.

Allyson Horton, owner of Allyson’s Gardens in Lebanon and grower of our DLM Pansies, grew up in greenhouses as her parents operated a greenhouse farm market. It was when she was at college that a group of students were discussing what they wanted to do for a living if they could do anything. Allyson knew her answer right away. “I said [that] I would move back to Ohio and start a greenhouse growing operation. My friends looked at me with disbelief because I said something that was actually possible. That was my epiphany. I was 19 and quit college, moved back to Ohio, and started Allyson’s Gardens. I’m 39 now.”

Years after Allyson’s epiphany, I approached her about growing pansies without applying growth regulators. I’ve always believed that good horticulture practices are better than quick-fix chemical applications. I quickly realized that she was the right person. And now, as we prepare for DLM Pansies to arrive in our stores in early April, the rest is history.

Very few chemicals are used on DLM Pansies and instead, time-tested horticultural practices are utilized. These production methods are in some ways outdated, but also oddly ahead of the curve as there is a growing interest in utilizing fewer chemicals.

You’ll find that our round, shallow, compressed fiber pots are ideal for placing on steps or decks. Once you take your pansies home, remember that they like to be moist but not soggy. The fiber pots help the root balls dry out. To extend new blooms, I recommend picking off the spent blooms to encourage new buds to develop. And above all else, remember to take a moment to enjoy the delight of each bloom and Allyson’s hard work.