Sowing Violets - Knowledgebase Question

San Francisco, CA
Question by nellsworth
January 20, 1999
I was wondering if I could get some tips for starting violet seeds. I've tried starting some indoors, but none came up after two months. Should I prechill them?

Answer from NGA
January 20, 1999


Seeds for Viola (Violets) need to be prechilled for two weeks prior to sowing. Since the seeds are small, you can place them between the folds of a barely damp papertowel and seal in a plastic bag before placing the the refrigerator. (For larger seeds that need prechilling, simply mix them with some moistened potting soil, seal in a plastic bag and place in the refrigerator for the prescribed length of time.) After the chill period, sow the seeds 1/16" deep in moistened seed starting mix and cover the trays or pots with plastic wrap to help hold in the moisture. Place the trays or pots in a warm area, such as on top of the refrigerator. The seeds should germinate in 14-21 days when kept at 65F -75F degrees.

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