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Sprinkle 2-3 seeds in each cell or pot and cover lightly with more moistened potting mix. Remodelista, Gardenista, 10 Easy Pieces, Steal This Look, 5 Quick Fixes, Design Sleuth, High/Low Design, Sourcebook for the Considered Home, and Sourcebook for Considered Living are ® registered trademarks of Remodelista, LLC. Want to learn how to plant violets in pots? If it feels moist, there’s no need to water. (Carman, New Zealand). This spring, I’m growing ‘Lilac Ice,’ a V. cornuta cultivar that you can find at True Leaf Market.

Violets thrive in an organically-rich, well-draining soil. On cold winter nights, move the plants away from the glass to a spot that remains above 55 degrees. Some violets will grace you with their perennial presence year after year, while others (mostly pansies) die after one year. Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to share a photo! ‘Penny™’ violas are available in shades of light blue, deep blue, purple, violet, white, yellow, orange and red. It is readily available in seed packets from retail stores and mail order catalogs, as well as bedding plants from nurseries and garden centers. Caterpillars can also eat holes in the leaves. Growing violets in containers next to your front porch steps is one such way to please the eye of anyone walking by. Plan your trip with our destination guides to our favorite public gardens, hotels, restaurants, and shops.

Product photos via Arbico Organics, Burpee, Eden Brothers, and True Leaf Market. For an explantation of the differences between the three – and a huge list of all the cultivars and varieties you can plant – check out our article where we discuss the different violet varieties. Or use them to decorate cakes and jams. I decided to sow my seeds in seed trays, but you can also direct-sow your seeds into the container you’re planning to use if it’s small enough to be indoors. Tip: Many commercial African violet soil mixes are too dense and heavy for proper root growth. To plant out in a pot, choose a container which is 30 cm deep. It’s easy to grow violets in containers from seed. Most varieties produce flowers within three months and will continue to bloom for twelve weeks in favorable conditions. Choose shallow pots … These are not quite as hardy as the odorata types and are probably best treated as pot plants. Hybrid varieties offer exceptional garden performance, good flower production, and uniform growth. For best bloom, pots should be about one-third to half the diameter of the plant.

Pick off the damaged leaves and keep well watered. Flower forms range from huge, ruffled doubles to flat singles, sweet bell shapes and every shape in between. Cover the tray with black plastic and place it in a warm room with temperatures at about 70 degrees F. (21 C.). Set the bulbs about 12" to 15" above the tops of the plants, depending on the strength of the bulbs and size of the plants. These flowers are extra easy to care for once they’re happily tucked into their permanent containers. This usually means that the plant has dried out at some stage, it usually appears on potted plants. Try to imitate these conditions when planting in the garden. Growing violets in containers next to your front porch steps is one such way to please the eye of anyone walking by. I had overlooked them because of my childhood logic: plants that grew in the garden were flowers, and those in the lawn were weeds. Along the sidewalks. (Carman, New Zealand) This violet has fuchsia pink flowers on long stems.

If it looks dry, give them some water. Viola is the name of a genus containing about 500 different species. Combinations: Combine with other cool weather lovers like snapdragons, calendula, and Dianthus. Or tuck violas between spring flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils to fill the space as the bulbs fade. Clicking through to the retailer that sells the product may earn us a commission. Simply fill a planting tray with a good quality potting mix (be sure the container has at least one drainage hole). The trick is knowing when to repot an African violet and what soil and container size to use. Don’t be overly tempted by plants already in flower. Good well-draining soil with organic matter is recommended. Water from the top or bottom, whichever is easier. Mine came in a tissue paper packet inside a larger, resealable plastic baggie. A container or two of these early spring bloomers in your front walkway can be a sweet reminder of hope and new life to anyone who drives or walks by. Not to be confused with their showier cousin the pansy, sweet violets (the flower of Eliza Doolittle) have a heavenly scent and hide in the springtime lawn beneath trees. Your resource for finding the best storage and home organization solutions for every room in the house. Violets prefer damp, well-drained ground, and the sun-dappled protection of woodlands. Both types have heart-shaped leaves. This is usually slug damage although notching around the leaf edge can be caused by woodlice. There are several reasons why your violets leaves will go yellow, but the most likely will be through an attack by Red Spider Mite. Violets are cheery, early blooming perennials that welcome the advent of the growing season with daffodils, tulips and other spring bulbs. Uncredited photos: Shutterstock.

Mulch and water will help offset the stress of high temperature. ‘Erlyn’ produces tricolor purple and yellow flowers that cover the plant. Water: Water regularly, but allow to dry out between waterings. That’s what I love about growing flowers in containers: you can put them everywhere. Violets are versatile, and growing violets in containers is no problem at all. Feed potted violet plants in spring and fall, using an all-purpose garden fertilizer. Place the containers in a sunny area when the weather is still cool, and then move the plants to a semi-shady area when temperatures begin to rise. Receive the Gardenista newsletter in your inbox daily. Then I gently tamped the soil back down over the seeds, as they don’t need light to germinate.

Spacing is important. Days to Bloom: Violas begin blooming about 12-14 weeks after planting seeds.

And if you are looking for more information about growing a container garden, check out these guides next: Photos by Laura Melchor © Ask the Experts, LLC. Flowers grow to 2 inches in diameter and bloom in yellow, blue, orange and violet.

For those of you living in warmer climates, you can also direct sow violet seeds outdoors in containers in late fall, or as soon as temperatures consistently drop below 70°F.

We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. With more than 500 varieties of Viola (which includes the large-flowered pansy that goes by the name V. wittrockiana), you can find one to match any color palette. Easily growing up to 6-10 in.

Even better, they exhibit better heat and cold tolerance than the remarkably hardy varieties we’re familiar with. Plants that arrive in the spring or summer can be potted straight into a large pot eg. Grow on plants indoors until they reach 8 to 10 cm in height at which point they’re ready to plant out. Here is more about what we do. You can find a 1/4 ounce package containing 9,900 seeds available at True Leaf Market. You can also begin feeding your seedlings with any good balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Charlie is the manager at Groves Nurseries. By the time early spring arrives, they’ll look something like this: It won’t be long before buds begin to form, and blooms will open just as the world is turning green and fragrant with the scents of spring. Meet our editorial team, see our book, and get the inside scoop on upcoming Gardenista events. Garden soil amended with compost or well-rotted manure. In addition, violas often need to be moved to a shady location when summertime temperatures rise above 70°F. They can be brought into the living room for special occasions and they can be picked to form posies for the lapel or house. Find local clubs, breeders and events through the African Violet Society of America. African violets are so popular that many regions have membership clubs and shows. Planting in groups of the same variety is preferable although economics do not always allow this. But one day, when little else was yet in bloom, I picked a bouquet of the lawn violets … Ready to learn how to sow these beauties? In the Viola genus, there are three main groups of flowers: violets, violas, and pansies. So when to plant violas will depend on your climate. They can also be candied, for a frosted effect. Your browser's Javascript functionality is turned off. In the winter, violets grow best in south-, east- or west-facing windows. • Scented violets are less commonly seen in the wild than the scentless varieties. While violets tend to stay pretty healthy, they can fall prey to a few different pests and disease. See our obsessively curated catalog of favorite products sourced by the Gardenista editors. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. I thinned them with sharp scissors so that I was left with only one tiny seedling in each cell. Viola tricolor is more commonly known as Johnny-Jump-Up. These usually occur during summer and can be because the plant is in a position that is too hot and dry. The product is currently Out-of-Stock. It is best to grow sweet violets and other Viola odorata from seed outdoors.. Loosen the soil in the planting area and moisten. The newest color in the series is brick red with a golden yellow center.