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How to Grow Violet Flowers

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Violets are an early blooming plant. They often bloom right alongside your mid to late spring bulbs. Violets herald in the new garden season with a wide variety of bright, brilliant colors. An easy to grow annual, you will often find them growing in the wild. Violets, Pansies, and Violas are all part of a closely related family. Violets have an 'Old World" charm all their own.

Did you Know? Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet. They also purple, yellow, white and bluish-purple.

Violet are popular, easy, and fun to grow. Fill an area or entire bed with Violet for a striking spring effect! They also are great in windowsills and containers.

These popular plants are popular in many states. They are the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.


Plant Propagation:

Violets are grown from seeds. They like full to partial sun. Violet can be directly seeded into your flower garden or seeded indoors for transplanting later. For spring blooms, you need to start your Violet in pots and containers indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost.

Sow Violet seeds early in the season and cover lightly with 1/8" soil. Water thoroughly once. They germinate slowly.

Transplant Violet  plants into your garden after the last frost date for your area. Space them 6" apart. They will tolerate a little crowding. If you are creating a flower bed, you may want to create a pattern or color scheme prior to planting. Or, use mixed varieties.


How to Grow Violet Plants:

Violets prefer cool to warm climates, and wilt a bit in mid-summer heat. In warmer areas, we recommend partial shade. They tolerate a variety of soils. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.

Once your Violet plants are established, they should grow well, even if left unattended. Soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Keep them well weeded.

Remove spent blooms to promote additional blooms and extend the blooming period. This will also keep the appearance neat and beautiful.

Violet are hardy annuals. They will often survive the first frost if it is light. They will not survive a hard frost or freeze.


Insect and Disease:

Violet seldom have problems with insects and disease. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.


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