This sweet biennial can be sown late summer, autumn and winter in warmer climates. Grown in containers and as a border plant they flower over a long time. This hardy flower will tolerate light frosts.
- Raise as seedlings, sow 6mm deep, darkness is required for germination.
- Bottom watering or misting will avoid dislodging the seeds.
- Germination should take 4-28 days @ 17-21°C.
- Once the seedling is about 5cm tall they are then ready to be transplanted outside into the garden.
- When planting out the seedlings, leave about 20cm between each plant.
- As most viola only grow to 20cm they do well grown in containers.
- They prefer a full sun to part shade position with well draining soil.
- Viola take around 100 days to bloom from seed.
- The flowers are edible, they can be added to pretty up salads and desserts.
- Harvest the flowers when fully open.
- Violas love to self seed!