are very similar to Pansies in their flower shape,
except they don't have a face and the blooms are a
lot smaller (about the size of a 10˘ coin). They come
in a very wide variety of colours from Apricots, Reds,
Yellows, Blues, Whites and many more, so they make
for great displays and are very well suited to mass
displays of striking colour patterns.
Violas grow into a plump little bush to about 15 -
20cm. This makes them ideal for most situations as
they are compact and produce a tight display of vibrant
green foliage and stunning colours.
Choose a position situated in the full sun. Violas
will grow in semi shade but for best results and an
abundance of flower they prefer a sunny spot. The
soil should be prepared with Searles® Real Compost
or 5 IN 1® Organic Plant Food. To give them
an extra kick, add a couple of handfuls of Kickalong®
Organic Complete Garden. Violas love good drainage so
a raised bed is ideal.
POTS & HANGING BASKETS
Pansies can also be grown in pots or hanging baskets
and they look wonderful when grown this way. When
planting them, be sure to use a premium potting mix.
For outdoor pots and tubs, use Searles® Pots
& Tubs Potting Mix. For outstanding results with
hanging baskets, use Searles Peat 80 Plus® Potting
Violas are easily grown from seed. Two terrific varieties
that are sold by Searles® are "Johnny Jump up"
and "Large Flowered Mixed". Sow seed in
Autumn & Winter, using Searles® Seed Raising Mix.
Keep the mix moist and once the seedlings are at the
stage of having 2 - 3 leaves, transplant them into
the garden or pot them into small pots to grow on
to a more advanced plant before planting out.
Violas are also available in seedling form (punnets)
from your local Garden Centre. Being a plant that
flowers at a young age they can give you an instant
affect in the garden.
Plant the seedlings about 15 - 20cm apart and water
them in with SeaMa® Fish & Kelp Soluble Fertiliser.
A good deep drink twice a week will be sufficient
for most gardens. More may be required for pots &
baskets, especially as they come into flower.
Once plants are established, to prolong and boost
flowering, use Searles® Liquid potash every 1-2 weeks.
Searles® Liquid Potash contains both Potassium and
Phosphorus and promotes more flowers, brighter colours
and longer flowering.
spent flowers to encourage more blooms and once plants
become long & lanky dig them out to make space
for new season flowers.
Violas love sun and are basically pest free. They
are an extremely long-lived easy to care annual that
flowers for months. With lots of new varieties being
added to the huge range each year there is sure to
be a colour to suit everybody.
Try some new releases like Harbour Lights & Baby
Face, and keep an eye out for the Black Viola. Yes
it is actually black.
Violas will also self seed and will keep coming back
year after year.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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