Sweet Violets (Viola odorata) are an old perennial favourite for a cottage garden. Tolerant of cold winters and warm summers, their colourful and highly scented blooms are a great addition to the cottage style garden. They form a green carpet and push up lovely purple flowers over early spring.

How to grow sweet violet in a garden

  1. Choose a well drained spot in the garden that has full to partial sun.
  2. Enrich the soil with some compost and Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser before planting.
  3. Plant directly where the violets are to grow. They will spread over time, creating a lovely display.
  4. Water gently and keep only slightly moist and mulch to keep damp.
  5. During the active growing period, feed every 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food
  6. Pinch out spent flowers to encourage more blooms.

How to grow sweet violet in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that has adequate drainage holes and place it in a position that gets semi sun and is sheltered from wind. A low bowl that is not too deep is ideal.
  2. Fill the pot with Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  3. Sow the seeds directly in the potting mix.
  4. Cover lightly with 25 mm of potting mix.
  5. Water gently and keep only slightly moist through the germination period.
  6. Once the seedlings are established, feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. 
  7. Remove any spent flowers to prolong the display.

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