In modern gardening, there are many varieties of beautiful plants, with which you can refine not only the site, but also the balcony. These universal “living decorations” include the viola. The flower is still affectionately called pansies or multi-colored violets. One of the beautiful varieties is the Rococo Viola. This is an amazing mixture with buds of various shades and corrugated petals on the edges. Having planted it once, you cannot part with it under any circumstances!
Rococo variety is a wonderful mix of abundantly blooming violets with large inflorescences (up to 6 cm) of various colors. The characteristic features of this plant include:
- in height reaches 15–20 cm;
- differs in unpretentiousness, tolerates winter well;
- they grow both one-, biennials, and perennials;
- can be transplanted in a flowering state;
- ideal for decorating flower beds, borders and landscaping balconies or flowerpots;
- flowering period - from early summer to late autumn;
- Looks great in the cut, so the flowers are used to create miniature bouquets.
Viola "Rococo" - a wonderful "lace" decoration for flower beds and balconies.
The subtleties of sowing
The cultivation of tender viola seeds begins in the last decade of February. Also sowing seedlings can be made in early March. In the open ground, the violet is planted in the first month of the calendar summer (June) or at the very end of May.
Seeds are carefully sown in containers, boxes or other containers, making shallow holes, while the distance between them should be within 5–7 cm. They require a moisture-resistant, loose soil. Peat tablets will be an excellent solution for growing fragile violets. Before germination, the seedlings are placed in a dark place and covered with a film. The soil must be periodically ventilated.
Pansies love moisture, so water the seedlings abundantly, but without fanaticism. Excess water is also undesirable, as the root system can rot or become sick with a fungus. In addition, seedlings must be sprayed with a spray gun.
The first sprouts should appear after 12-14 days. After the “birth” of 1-2 formed leaves make a pick. Seedlings are transplanted into separate containers - small plastic cups.
As for the open ground, in this case, the seedlings should be at a distance of 25-30 cm from each other.
Cultivation and care
The Rococo viola variety loves lighted areas that must be obscured by aggressive midday sunlight. It grows especially well under young trees (mostly fruit) with a rather rare crown. Unusual colors adorn balconies facing east or west. In the south, the viola will show magnificent bloom only before the onset of incinerating heat (June - July).
The basic rules for caring for the Rococo Viola include:
- regular watering;
- weeding and loosening;
- top dressing;
- preparation for the winter period.
Despite the obvious unpretentiousness, the viola requires maintaining the soil moist and needs constant loosening , since the roots of the plant are on the surface (only 15–20 cm deep in the soil). To maintain the flowering of violets, remove fading inflorescences on time.
As for feeding, the following should be noted: this variety does not accept fresh fertilizers (organic).
Therefore, it is carried out with mineral mixtures containing the NPK complex. Thanks to him, the viola will delight you with lush and active flowering. When growing on the balcony, top dressing is applied every week, on the plot the plant is fertilized once every three weeks. With the onset of subzero temperatures, the viola growing in the garden is covered with dry foliage or spruce branches. Open the plant in early spring.
The following video will help you understand all the intricacies of growing a viola.