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Growing Violas

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Cute dainty violas are similar to pansies and equally easy to grow. New varieties with larger flowers and greater tolerance to heat and cold are now available. This is a guide about growing violas.
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July 31, 2013

Here's a picture of a hanging basket of viola. I bought the sad looking markdown last fall at Lowe's for 50¢. I nurtured it a little and enjoyed a full basket of blooms all winter and spring.

The heat finally got to the flowers in late May. All the plants either died or died down to the top of the soil. It's at this point that most people throw the basket away, but there is plenty of life still here.

This is when I move the basket to a cooler, shady place. Those plants that did not die completely will begin to revive. Not only that, the plants dropped and set seed during the spring. Those seeds are now emerging.

By late fall, the basket will again be full of blooms and it can be moved to an area with full sun. A 50¢ bargain you can't beat with a stick!

If I don't forget, I will submit a picture of the same basket again this winter

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November 8, 2018

I would like to know what to do with violas once they become scraggy? They have been beautiful all winter, but not now that summer is here, is it best to pull them out and plant new in spring?

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Your advice would be appreciated.
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November 8, 20180 found this helpful

Cut them back in midsummer when they get scraggly. They will grow back fuller.

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November 8, 20180 found this helpful

You don't say what zone you are in, so you may want to look up your local extension office:

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I have only ever grown them as annuals. Our Winters are horrible so it kills them.

I have kept them for several years inside in pots. I just pinch back dead blooms and leaves and the are sturdy!

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November 19, 20180 found this helpful

in general you want to 'deadhead' or otherwise prune such plants so that they will grow more rounded and nice

the plant grows taller because of competition from other plants for sunlight - it's an arms race of which plants gets most access to sunlight, which is why it bolts

but if you keep it pruned then it will not bolt but fill out instead

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June 21, 2009

I have two Viola plants that were nice and full when I bought them. The past week they look like somebody sat on them. I'm wondering if maybe they have got too long to be perky any more. What would happen if I cut them completely back? Would they come back and bloom again or would I finish killing them?

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April 19, 20150 found this helpful

Can violas be out in 57 degrees at night or should I bring them indoors?

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April 21, 20150 found this helpful

Yes they can be out. Violas are tough.

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May 10, 2018

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Some of you might like this quasi psychedelic effect. It was purely unintentional. I bought a 6 cell pack of viola, and planted them in a hanging basket. They are quite showy, maybe some are a new breed.

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I was trying to get my camera to take a true color shot in case I saved seed and needed a picture to go with the seed.

Well, I waited too late. Not dark, but dusky enough to cause my flash to go off. I'll try again at dawn, but I'm still going to keep this picture. I kinda like it.

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September 11, 2011

This pretty little herb is called a viola. Grown by my husband in a pot on our front porch, this tastey morsel is great in salads as well as a breath-freshener on the way out the door. It tastes a lot like mint! With its wonderful flavor and vibrant colors, viola is a great addition to any garden.

To make things even better, it acts like a weed, producing many seeds and spreading to surrounding areas rather easily. Plant a couple of these babies and you could have "tons" of them sooner than you'd expect!

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Purple and Yellow Viola Flower

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April 25, 2017

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I was warned by a fellow member of the consequences of growing viola. She said they would multiply and take over. I haven't found that to be true in my case.

I do plant lots of viola each year. And the following spring, I do find volunteers that have sprung up, here and there. But there's no invasion.

I weed early in the year in case I need to overseed the grass. It is during this weeding I find these new viola. I welcome them. I dig them up and transplant them into pots. I get a couple of nice pots from these freebies.

The viola shown is one of those volunteers. I find it quite charming. I could go for at least a mini invasion by this little fella and its kin!

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