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23/11/2013 at 10:34

Hi all,

how long do viola's normally last?

23/11/2013 at 11:05

Nick, see your pansy thread where I have extolled the virtues of violas - luvvemtobits!!!

They'll keep going all winter and through the next spring, and if you take care of them you can even keep them for several years and take cutting, not to mention collecting and sowing seeds from them.  

Superb little smiley faces grinning up at us from the terrace outside our dining room door - and some of them have such gorgeous scents - bury your nose in them when they've been sitting in a patch of warm winter sun - mmmmmmmmmmmmm 

23/11/2013 at 11:26

Thanks dove 

mine seem to be thriving in the cold weather

23/11/2013 at 11:34

They're tough as old boots and as pretty as a picture 

24/11/2013 at 16:09

I LOVE Violas! They self seed all over the garden, I must have about 25 little plants I have picked out the ground and looking after them in the GH.

I pick the seed pods off and dry them out in paper bags on top of the boiler. I'm so looking forward to the end of February when I start sowing them.

If I could change my wife's name to Viola I would, OK I'm getting sad now. Quit while ahead 

24/11/2013 at 16:25

Just keep calling her Viola Mark, see what happens 

When bubble-wrapping the pot that my standard bay is in, I found some little viola seedlings amongst the grit in the pot.  They'll seed any and everywhere 

24/11/2013 at 16:32

Anyone know where I still can get some or is it to late?

24/11/2013 at 16:36

I have noticed some coming through the gaps in between the slabs on the patio. I have started putting some seed pods along the rest of the gaps, hoping they germinate before the weeds and grass does. It would look lovely to see viola's all over the patio.

24/11/2013 at 16:50

Try the garden centres - they may well still have some 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/34441.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 We sat here for our  coffee this morning (well wrapped up) and smiled back at our violas 

24/11/2013 at 18:32

our garden centre has sold out, sutton seeds have as well

25/11/2013 at 08:29

Now's the time to put a note in your diary for next autumn - Buy some violas!!! 

25/11/2013 at 12:17

just ordered some online

25/11/2013 at 12:42

28/11/2013 at 11:46

should i be dead heading them, due to a few in the hanging baskets looking like the heads have turned to seed??

28/11/2013 at 11:52

I do  unless they're in beds where I want them to self seed 

28/11/2013 at 12:16

THANKS DOVE

Planted my new ones last night in a big pot so hopefully they will get themselves settled in

28/11/2013 at 15:14

I collected loads of seed heads this year from various types of pansies and violas, mixed them all up and sowed them in big seed trays then planted them out when they had reached about 4 inches of growth but not yet in flower.  It's been great because normally I'm pretty OCD'ish about my colour-schemes but this year I've deliberably let myself not know what colour or size I was planting out and the mix 'n match has created some lovely unique baskets and displays.  Sometimes being random is surprisingly good.

28/11/2013 at 15:51

I know this sounds silly but how do you collect the seeds?

28/11/2013 at 16:10

If you don't cut the flowerheads off they turn into a star-shaped husk full of seeds. I leave them until they have dried enough to turn dark, then scrape the seeds into an envelope.  If I'm being anal, I mark each envelope (acid-free) individually but this year I just did one big mixed bag and planted randomly.  The germination rate seems to be as good/bad as bought seeds. The fun bit is that even if you keep the seeds seperate they might not grow exactly the same as the parent plant but they are free and even if they are different, I've learned to embrace the difference!

28/11/2013 at 16:24

Hi MACAVITYTHECAT

That's what I did, I picked lots of pods, put them in one big paper bag, dried them on top of the boiler and they burst inside the bag. loads of seeds.  I got some trailing ones from a friend. like to see if those make it next year.

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