Posted: 08/10/2013 at 18:56
I bought some viola and pansy plugs last autumn and they flowered really well for months on end - really impressive!
I saved seeds in late spring as I hoped for the same again but was confused as to how to get them to grow! I have heard a few different opinions on how to get violas to germinate, so about 4 weeks ago I sowed some outside in my mini plastic greenhouse, and some inside on my south facing kitchen windowsill. So far only the pansy seeds in the greenhouse have geminated, no sign of anything else.
I am doing something wrong, and I guess it is too late in the year now to get any plants grown in time for this winter (or is there anything I can do?!). But for future, when is the best time to sow for a winter show, do they need sunlight, dark, cold or warm conditions to germinate? I just can't seem to find any definitive info for the UK!