One of my earliest gardening memories is planting violas with my grandma in her flower garden in early spring. The name viola is a common name for the flower family “Violaceae”, which includes Johnny jump-up, pansies, violas, violets, and many others.
These cheerful, edible, cool-season flowers are easy to grow and a delight in the garden. Learn how to grow violas with these 5 tips.
5 Tips for How to Grow Violas
1. Plant violas at the right time
2. Plant violas correctly
Scatter viola seeds on top of the soil and then cover with about 1/4 inch toil. Seeds should germinate in 7 to 14 days. Keep seeds moist until they sprout. Thin seedlings to about 8 inches apart. Click here for viola seeds.
If planting from transplant, choose small transplants and plant at same depth as nursery pots. Space transplants about 8 inches apart.
Violas grow best in partial shade during warm weather. During cooler weather, violas grow well in full sun.
3. Care for violas correctly
- Water violas well until plants are established. Do not let violas dry out; they do best with regular water.
- Violas benefit from a light dose of organic fertilizer each month during the growing season.
- Deadhead blooms often to encourage fresh blooms.
- Hot weather causes viola blooms to fade and plants to die back.
- Cut back violas in the fall to reinvigorate the plant and encourage fall blooming.
4. Harvest viola flowers often
Harvest viola blooms often to use in salads, baking, and as a garnish.
- Remove blooms at their peak before they begin to fade.
- Harvest by snipping with pruning snips. (I link to my absolute favorite ones).
- Harvest in the morning so flowers have the highest moisture content.
- Place flowers in a single layer and store in refrigerator until ready to use.