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How to Plant Violet Seeds

    • 1). Fill the seed starter tray or shallow pan with sphagnum peat moss, vermiculite, seed starter mix or clean coarse sand. Moisten the planting medium so it is as wet as a wrung-out sponge, not soggy.

    • 2). Sprinkle your violet seeds on top of the moistened planting medium, then cover the seeds with 1/8 inch of the planting medium. If you are using sphagnum peat moss, do not cover the seeds; they will fall into the peat moss when you sprinkle them on.

    • 3). Cover the pan of planted violet seeds with clear plastic wrap or put the pan into a clear plastic bag and close it securely.

    • 4). Place the covered planted pan in your refrigerator for four to six weeks so the seeds can stratify, or have a cold period, to be able to germinate. During this time, periodically check the planting medium to make sure it has stayed moist. If it feels dried out, use a spray bottle with water to mist the planting medium until it is moist again.

    • 5). Remove the covered pan of planted violet seeds after four to six weeks in the refrigerator, take the plastic off, and place it in a well-lit area that has a temperature of 50 to 60 degrees F. Leave the pan in this location and watch for the seeds to germinate. Check the planting medium for moisture, misting with water when it appears dry. As the seedlings grow, thin them so the plants are 2 to 3 inches apart.

    • 6). Plant the seedlings in your landscape when the plants have two to three sets of leaves and the ground can be worked. Violets are hardy and can withstand light frost when small, and will return year after year in colder regions.

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