Yes We Can! Bringing Back Grandma’s Violets
Yes We Can! Bringing Back Grandma’s Violets: Growing Wild Violets
Wild violets are one of the most popular plants in gardens. They make beautiful houseplants and they add color to any garden or patio. If you have ever wondered how to grow wild violets, then you will find some useful information here.
How To Grow Wild Violets?
You can start your own wild violets from seed or you can buy them at nursery shops. You may want to purchase seeds from nurseries because they usually have better quality than those sold online. Some of the good sources include:
If you are going to plant your own seeds, it is very important that you choose the right type of wild violets. There are two types of wild violets: solitary and gregarious. Solitary wild violets do not produce flowers and they live only in their native habitat. Gregarious wild violets, on the other hand, produce flower buds and bloom all year round.
Solitary Wild Violets Vs. Gregarious Wild Violets
Gregarious wild violets are much easier to grow than solitary ones. They require less care and they provide more blooms per plant when compared with solitary varieties. Some people, however, do not like gregarious wild violets because they spread very quickly, choking other plants. If you are a beginner, it is better that you start with solitary wild violets.
Whether you decide to grow gregarious or solitary wild violets, you should plant them in rich soil. You can achieve the right soil by mixing peat moss or compost or humus with topsoil. Your plants will also need support while they grow. You can provide support by planting them in pots or you can stake them.
A mixture of sand and mulch is also important because it ensures that water drains well.
Even though solitary wild violets have shallow roots, it is still important that you only water them during the dry periods. Watering them excessively will cause them to rot.
You can expect your wild violets to bloom during the spring months. You should take care of them so that they will continue to grow during the summer. Just make sure that you do not plant them in direct sunlight or their leaves will burn, causing them to die.
Gregarious wild violets need stakes and a support system so that they do not weigh down on their leaves excessively. The amount of sunlight that these plants receive is very important, too much sunlight can burn the leaves and too little will cause them to grow very slowly.
When growing wild violets you should be prepared for when it is time to transplant them into a bigger pot or into the ground. It is very easy to start off with gregarious wild violets because they are much hardier than their solitary cousins. You can even plant them outside during the spring and they will grow well.
Did you know that wild violets have very small flowers?
The flowers are so small that it is almost impossible to see them without the help of a magnifying glass or a microscope. If you were wondering when wild violets bloom, the answer is: they bloom almost all year round! They also thrive in cold weather.
If you are not looking to grow wild violets from seed, you can always purchase them from nurseries. You can also find them at some local plant fairs and events. If you do not want to go through the trouble of taking care of your wild violets, you can always search online for some local nurseries that sell them.
Now that you know how to take care of wild violets, why not give it a try?
In order for your plant to survive, you need to find out what type it is and give it the right amount of sunlight, water and food. Happy planting!
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