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Viola 'Bowles Black'
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Viola 'Bowles Black'

Viola tricolor
Named for the famous English horticulturalist E. A. Bowles, this Johnny-jump-up has eggplant purple little flowers with gold splashed centers that bloom from spring to summer and again late into fall. It forms generous drifts from self sowing wherever it's happy. I, for one, can't be without it!
SKU #S125
$4.00
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
83
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Hardy Annual
Mature Size
6-8" h x 6" w
Sun
Full sun to partial shade
Soil
Rich, moist, well-drained
Season
Spring and fall
Color
Black-purple with yellow center
Features
Great for containers
Great Cut Flower
Attracts Butterflies
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
1/8" seeds require darkness to germinate.
Sprout Time:
7-21 days
Seed To Bloom:
14-16 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Sow indoors in late winter. Keep at 65-75°F.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow in early spring, late summer in warm winter zones 8+.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
In spring, when light frost is still possible, 3 weeks before the last frost date.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
A small delight, violas bloom during the first balmy days of spring, just when gardeners are getting down to planting. Many have expressive faces and whiskers of dark tracery across the velvet petals in almost every imaginable color and shade. They look great in containers, planted about the vegetable garden for their edible petals, or at the garden's edge, where many self-sow for a yearly spring treat. They dislike hot summer weather—during this time trim back and they will rebloom in fall.
Final Spacing:
8"
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Keep fairly moist with about 1" of water per week, more during especially dry spells. Do not overwater.
Soil pH:
Acidic to neutral
Fertilizer:
Mix in a couple of inches of compost prior to planting. Feed once per month with an organic, water-soluble fertilizer, or mix in a granular type after planting.
Diseases & Pests:
Leaf spots and slugs are possible problems. Treat foliage with an organic fungicide and scatter pelletized iron phosphate at the base of the plants to combat slugs.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when flowers are nearly open.