Violet: planting and maintenance for a beautiful bloom

violette - viola odorata

The violet, viola odorata, is a pretty flower that blooms in autumn, winter or spring depending on the variety.

In summary, what you need to know is:

Name  : Viola  odorata
Family  : Purplish
Type  : Perennial

Height  10 to 20 cm
Exhibition  : Sunny
Sol  : Ordinary

Foliage  : Persistent –  Flowering  : Fall to spring depending on the varieties

Planting and maintenance will help you to have beautiful flowers.

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Planting of the violet

Take advantage of the winter flowering of this pretty little flower to decorate your window boxes but also your flowerbeds or borders.

Planting of the violet :

The violet plantation purchased in a pot or container is made by throughout the fall preferably and even until early spring.

Favour a fairly rich and well-drained soil for good flowering. But an ordinary garden soil will also do.

Violet seedling :

To sow your violets, the  seedling takes place   from June-July to September.

  • Sow in special sowing soil and lightly cover the seeds.
  • Regularly sprinkle with fine rain to keep the substrate moist.
  • Place your seedling in the light but without direct sunlight.
  • Immediately after emergence, thin to 3-4 cm by removing the least vigorous seedlings.

It is strongly advised to transplant a first time in a bucket after 4 to 5 weeks before putting in place the following fall or spring .

  • When planting, respect a distance approx. 15 cm between each violet plant.

Violet maintenance

violette fleur Violets require little maintenance except perhaps watering if the soil dries out.

You will be able to remove faded flowers as you go along to stimulate the appearance of new flower buds.

For violets grown in pots, tubs or planters, watering should be a little more regular so as not to let the soil dry out too long.

About the violet

violette fleur - viola cornuta Very pretty perennial with winter or spring flowering, it will brighten up our flowerbeds, your window boxes or your pots until the arrival of spring.

Indeed, while some varieties flower in winter, others will flower in spring and even beyond.

The horned violet looks like the thought and is actually part of the same family, but it’s much more rustic than this one.

You can tell the thoughts of violets by their petals.

  • Violets have two petals up and three petals down.
  • Thoughts have 4 petals up and one down.

The violet being particularly rustic, it will resist very well to the winter cold, down to -15°.

You will enjoy flowering throughout the winter for some varieties and, in addition, for relatively long periods of time.

The violet that also blooms in early spring will be perfect with the tulips that bloom at the same time!

It is found in association with Primroses s, the tulips or the forget-me-not .

Otto Durst