Care of a Viola Plant


With their bright color and cheery faces very similar to pansies, violas add a touch of whimsy to the flower bed. Once established, violas will return every year, blooming in the cool weather of early spring and summer. Violas, growing no more than 6 inches tall, make good border plants or ground covers and do well in patio containers or window boxes. They're not difficult to maintain.

Step 1

Plant violas in full sunlight if you live in a northern climate. In southern climates, plant violas where the plants will be exposed to sun during the morning, and in the shade during the afternoon.

Step 2

Work 3 to 4 inches of compost or manure into the soil with a shovel before planting, along with a general-purpose granular or liquid fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer according to the package directions once every month during spring and summer.

Step 3

Water violas whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. Violas may need to be watered once or twice a week during hot, dry weather, and less during cooler weather.

Step 4

Spread an inch of organic mulch around the plants. A mulch such as shredded bark or dry grass clippings will conserve moisture and keep the roots cool during warm weather.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost or manure
  • Granular or liquid fertilizer
  • Organic mulch


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M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.