VIOLA PETRAEA is an attractive PERENNIAL PLANT with SEMI SUCCULENT LEAVES that are arranged in a rosette this plant belongs to the group of ROSULATE VIOLAS. The color of the LEAVES are green to olive brown, imbricate, and compactly appressed to each other. THE COLOR OF THE FLOWERS are white to lavender-blue and APPEAR IN SPRING and EARLY SUMMER IN A RING AROUND THE OTHER EDGE OF THE ROSETTE. PLANTS grow about 8 inches tall and have 2- to 3-inch flowers that can be single-colored or patterned.

VIOLA PETRAEA

HOW TO GROW AND CARE FOR VIOLA PETRAEA

SOWING VIOLA SEEDS INDOORS

1.) 8-12 weeks before sowing indoors, in advance before the last heavy frost using a seed starting kit. While violas can take a light frost.

2.) Plant the seeds thinly and evenly in seed starting formula. Cover completely as seeds need darkness to germinate; firm lightly and keep evenly moist.

3.) Seedlings appear in 10-14 days

4.) You need to provide a lot of light on a sunny window ledge or grow seedlings up to 3-4 inches underneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for hours at night, as soon as seedlings appear. As the plants grow taller, make sure to increase the lights. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Majority of the plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for a day or 24 hours.

5.) Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.

6.) Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed the seedlings when they are when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food), seedlings do not need much fertilizer.

7.) Replant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after the heavy frost.

8.) Seedling plants need to be hardened off before planting in the garden. Make sure to adapt young plants to outdoor conditions, by moving them to sheltered place outside for a week. Take note that you must protect the plants from wind and sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

VIOLA PETRAEA

PLANTING VIOLAS IN THE GARDEN

GROWING TIPS

VIOLA PETRAEA