Nourishing the soil, removing unnecessary colors, leaves and weeds, as well as looking for ways to conserve during the winter period are the main guidelines for fresh and healthy vegetation. Efforts are not so great, and they are definitely worthwhile in order to get the charming and saturated single-colored or tinted shades.
Legends about the forest violet
Violet is among the favorite flowers of small and large. It grows in the forests, meadows, gardens and parks. The forest violet is named “shy flower” because it hides in the grass its characteristic tiny and aromatic form. In antiquity, it was used to fill the marriage bed, and the great Shakespeare had a weakness to the violet, which is why he is present in his poems. There are many interesting legends about violets.
There is a tradition that describes the violets as a symbol of suffering and mourning, and at the same time wisdom and affection. It’s about the relationship of the flower with Golgotha. It is believed that the first appearance of the colors is at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ. Grows in its most traditional purple color. In France, however, white violets are considered a symbol of purity, sincerity and innocence, and are said to be divine because they have touched the Virgin’s garment.
Violets, according to another legend, reflected the love between Josephine and Napoleon. Their love was revived from their first meeting, and he attracted her with a gesture of bouquet of blue violets. Napoleon’s approach to her beloved was delightful thanks to the bouquet-shaped violets in the form of her first letter of name. This small gift of beautiful colors has become a tradition and a testimony to their feelings. Josephine received a similar bouquet from her husband every year. After her death, she ordered the whole litter of small flowers to be sown on her grave.
Garden Violet is widely found in mythology. According to one of the legends, Aphrodite bathed in a mountain lake and at that moment she noticed a few men who are appetizingly watching her naked exquisite body. She frightened her not to hurt her or force her and asked Zeus to punish them properly. He made a decision to turn them into flowers that looked like a face with clear eyes and lips. This is the reason why sometimes they turn to the forest flower called “kokrche”. Although some like him like a smiling girl’s face.
Violet – Growing and Care
You must be so precise about growing violets as with your children. Although they are not among the capricious plants, they are small, fragile and impose some basic rules to donate with beautiful dyes. You will be grateful for a long flowering (almost year-round for some species) if you make little effort for the environment and their way of life.
Violets are a bit demanding in terms of where you will lay them, even though they are resistant to many atmospheric influences. You may find it difficult to choose a plot in the garden because they prefer indirect sunlight. It is best to grow in half-shade, but in no case a full shade. The most optimal option that can be provided is sunshine during the cooler parts of the day and a shadowy shade during the rest of the day. The harsh morning sun tends to cause the beautiful colors to burn.
The soil must be prepared in advance. Quality drainage, humus and nutrients are required. For growing in boxes or some type of baskets, the container should be at least 30 – 40 cm deep. Again, he must meet the same conditions. You can enrich the soil with rotten leaves, but this must happen before planting. Add one or two compost shovels in planting for extra benefit.
Seeding and breeding
Sowing seeds is highly recommended to be done in the early autumn. If you plant for the first time, you can buy them from florist shops. In case you want to breed one of your rare species – gather the seeds yourself. It is important to monitor the seed boxes and to do so at the right time. Summer is the period of readiness for their spreading – seed boxes gradually begin to open. Collected seeds must be stored in paper and planted in autumn. Place them at a distance of 10-15 cm and keep the soil well moistened.
October is the best month for sowing a permanent place. After planting, germinating and strengthening, you can leave more stable plants and the remaining seedlings take it out and dilute it. If you want to stimulate the formation of new buds and new leaves, cut the plant to 6-7 cm after the first flowering.
Irrigation should be done frequently and in moderate amounts. In the growing season, more careful monitoring and precision is required with regard to watering. Violet is a moisture-loving plant, which means that no drought should be allowed in any season. Summer, of course, requires more irrigation, but winter should not dry up. Generally speaking, the plant grows best in moderately moistened soil. This task may sound a bit difficult to implement. To make it easier, use sensors. They measure moisture in the soil and show the value. This can help control irrigation. If you are a bit more experienced, it is also a “simple eye”.
Pay attention to the indications given by the garden finger – this is a sure sign of the plant’s wishes. Also be careful with excessive watering. Violets are not able to consume too much water and will “drown”. In this case, the blame for decay or the complete destruction of the vegetation will be yours. It would be good to have a drip or dripping system. So you will not have a commitment to irrigation because the technology supplies water at low soil levels.
10 valuable tips for growing violets
- Provide the violet shade in the summer and protect it in the winter
- Prepare the soil – it must be well drained and rich in nutrients
- Plant the violets in an appropriate period – at least a few weeks before the expected last frost for the area, at a distance of 10-20 cm
- To enjoy violets throughout the year, sow the seeds in March (under glass or in your home) and plant in May – color in summer to autumn. For bloom from winter to spring – sow in early
- July (in a shady stretch) and plant in autumn
- Apply mulching for better results – it brings thousands of benefits to the “flowering” of plants
- Spill moderately – excessive watering will cause decay
- Break the tops for a bigger color – this is a growth phase
- Remove blossoming colors – this stimulates and prolongs growth
- Apply preventive measures against pests and diseases and respond quickly to unwanted guests
- Make the planting in autumn or when the colors fall belongs to the genus “Viola”. It is a one-year and two-year plant, but is more often seen as a two-year plant. Although the flower is known for its rich purple color, it is still in white, yellow, pink, blue and in mixed colors. Gives a natural look to the garden, villa or balcony. Groomed at home.
- You could make a “color carpet” or a large, colorful, hanging basket, combining several varieties to one another. Huge selections predispose for a wide choice of size and color, early and late flowering. The small and tender flowers of the violet are a symbol of innocence, modesty of love and loyalty.
Nourishing the soil, removing unnecessary colors, leaves and weeds, as well as looking for ways to conserve during the winter period are the main guidelines for fresh and healthy vegetation. Efforts are not so great, and they are definitely worthwhile in order to get the charming and saturated single-colored or tinted shades
- Fertilization – in the flowering period, fertilization is often required by suitable means such as combined fertilizer. It is recommended to be done every two weeks. Once you decide what type of fertilizer you will use, you need to know something extra. Reaching the crown of the plant and its leaves should be avoided with fertilizers in the form of granules. This will avoid unwanted injury. For better fertilizing effect, use low levels of slow-release fertilizer. Higher values tend to cause root eruption
- Cleaning the dried colors – your exterior exterior also needs periodic cleaning. The difference is that no dust is collected, but fallen or withering colors and leaves are observed. This is a natural process that requires minimal help on your part. Cleaning dried leaves and leaves is beneficial for the prolonged blooming of the violet. On the other hand, the garden will continue to have a friendly and well-groomed look, though without many colors
- Weed cleaning – the appearance of weeds may not disturb you, but the violets are big enemies. Keep in mind that plants should be kept well cleaned, especially during the growing season. Control is needed because they are capable of taking away the water, space and beneficial ingredients in the soil of your plants. For this purpose, cultivate more often and apply mulch. This will rid you of unwanted weeds and will help you in other directions – to keep moisture in the soil, maintain a suitable temperature during the winter, improve the soil and others
Winter wintering is a threat to the existence of most plants, although violets tend to stay outdoors. However, this is in the case of a milder climate and a short winter. In other areas, they can be covered with pine twigs that will keep the temperature warmer. This applies to the plants that are located in your yard. For those who are in pots or boxes, you can safely move them to another territory. Provide them with moderate temperature and more light. This will hibernate in excellent conditions and will rejoice you again in the next season of flowering
Diseases and pests
Violet is a fragile plant that is appealing to pests. The most common diseases are gray rot and real powdery mildew, and leaf louse is the largest striker. Watch for symptoms and react to the moment if you do not want to divide with vegetation. Remove outbreaks and look for effective insecticides to fight off enemies and diseases. Look for professional advice for the most environmentally friendly and environmentally friendly products and act as instructed. The aphids are particularly stubborn and need to be sprayed with a preparation that has a stronger effect.