How to Grow Violets

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Botanical Information

Taxonomy

  • Violets (Viola odorata)
  • Johnny-jump-ups (Viola tricolor)
  • Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana)

History

Physical Description

Low growing plants with three petaled flowers; grow in a spreading habit before growing taller; Johnny-jump-ups reseed themselves readily. Violets are perennials, while Johnny-jump-ups and pansies are annuals.

Varieties & Cultivars

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Colors Available

Varieties (link to ../category/cultivars/tag/[plantname])

Growth Requirements

Climate & Temperature Requirements

Air Temperature

Violas bloom best in cool weather, but they still look pretty darn good in the middle of our 100 degree summers

Soil Temperature

Humidity

Day Length or Light Requirements

full sun or shade

Site Conditions Favored

Soil Requirements

Soil Texture

well-drained, moist soil

pH

Nutrient Requirements

fertile soil preferred

Propagation

Methods of propagation

Seed

Division

Violets, the perennial of the bunch, can be divided and moved around the garden

Cuttings

Transplanting or Potting Up

Seed Saving

Planting Out

Bed Prep & Soil Amendments

Bed Spacing

Row Spacing

Planting Depth

Alternative Bed Methods

Container Gardening

Routine Cultivation & Maintenance

Water Requirements

Fertilization Recommendations

Mulching & Weeding

Pinching or Pruning & Dividing

Support

Winterizing

Companion Planting

Helpful Companions

Harmful Companions

Companion to..

Pests, Diseases & Problems

Common Pests

Common Diseases

Symptoms

Whole Plant

Leaves

Stem/Trunk

Flowers

Fruit

Roots

Harvesting & Storage

Edible Parts of the Plant

Flowers of the viola family have a sweet, wintergreen or perfumed flavor

Yield

Days to Harvest / Harvest Timing

Harvest Methods

Storage of harvest

Fresh

Canned

Frozen

Pickled

Dried

Cooking

Nutritional Benefits & Values

Toxicity

Cooking

Preparation

Cooking Methods

Recipes (link to …/category/recipes/tag/[plantname])

Flower usage:

  • compound butter (colors the butter)
  • float flowers in punch
  • add to fruit salads
  • candy them for decorating cakes or pies

Resources

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