Discover how to grow violas (violets/pansies) with instructions on planting, care and maintenance, pests and diseases, and more.
Viola Garden Guide
Viola Stats at a Glance
Botanical Name: Viola
Common Name(s): Violet, pansy
Height: 6-8 inches
Soil Conditions: Fertile, moist, and well-drained
Sun: Partial shade
Soil pH Conditions: 5.5-5.8
Starting Viola from Seed
To start indoors, fill individual peat pots with a fertile commercial soil starter and moisten. Sow the seeds beneath the surface of the soil, as they need darkness to germinate. Place in a room with a constant temperature of 70-75°F. Cover with clear plastic wrap to maintain the soil moisture and temperature. Keep the soil moist. When seedlings appear, remove the plastic wrap and move to a sunny location.
When to Start Seed: 8 weeks prior to last frost
Time to Germination: 10-15 Days
When to Plant Viola
Transplant seedlings or purchased plants in the garden as soon as the last threat of frost has passed and the soil reaches 65°F.
Where to Plant Viola
Viola Plant Spacing
Viola Care and Maintenance
Violas require cool, moist soil so mulching early will help to maintain soil moisture and coolness.
The most common pests associated with viola include aphids, flea beetles, foliage feeding caterpillars, gall midges, mealybugs, spider mites., whiteflies.