Germinating Sweet Violet Seed
Answered by: Ginny Cotterill
Question from: Ryan
Posted on: October 22, 2012

I am wondering if you might be able to grow Violet plants for me - Sweet Violet, Viola odorata. I recently purchased the seeds but the directions are too complicated for me, as I am a beginner with plants. Friends tell me that even with following the directions precisely, the seeds would not sprout. Could you please grow Violets for me? I am looking for 12 plants.

Viola odorata seeds are not too difficult to germinate. It might be fun to try and experiment with the seeds. The seeds can be placed in a bit of moist soil, in a baggy and stored in the refridgerator for 4 to 6 weeks. After this period, remove the baggy, and sow the seeds either in a flat or directly outside in a cool, shady site. Keep the soil damp by sprinkling water on them gently daily. They should germinate in a week or two.

Viola odorata does, however, prefer cool temperatures such as 50 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m not sure where you reside, but ideally, late Winter, early Spring is the best time to to begin this process. If you are still not sure about sowing the seeds yourself, please contact our order desk and enquire about a special order for you.



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