How to Plant Violets


Spring-blooming violets have a sweet, strong fragrance and have been used to make perfume for hundreds of years. Violets have also been used medicinally to treat migraines and insomnia. These low-growing perennials spread rapidly and are best planted in a wild or semi-wild woodland garden.

Step 1

Pick a spot to plant violets that is in partial to mostly shade. The soil should be moist, rich and full of organic matter.

Step 2

Prepare planting bed. Spread 2 inches of compost and 2 inches of peat moss on the surface of the soil in the planting bed. Dig these into the garden soil with a spade and incorporate them by turning the soil over. Rake the surface of the bed smooth when finished digging.

Step 3

Sprinkle or broadcast violet seeds on the surface of the prepared planting bed. Cover with 1/8- to 1/4-inch of sifted compost or vermiculite. Gently firm the surface with your hands to ensure the seeds have good contact with the soil.

Step 4

Water the seedbed with a hose end sprayer set to a fine mist. Check the area daily and mist as needed to keep the seedbed moist. Germination will be erratic and can take several weeks.

Step 5

Thin seedlings when they are 2 inches high so they stand 6 to 8 inches apart.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Garden spade
  • Garden rake
  • Vermiculite
  • Hose end sprayer


  • How to plant violets.

Who Can Help

  • Botanical characteristics of violets.
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Sharon Sweeny has a college degree in general studies and worked as an administrative and legal assistant for 20 years before becoming a professional writer in 2008. She specializes in writing about home improvement, self-sufficient lifestyles and gardening.