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Viola Fuji Dawn

Richmond Hill, GA

I winter sowed some Viola Fuji Dawn last year and the plants are healthy and growing like mad. The only problem is that it never flowers but makes tons of seed pods. I have gone out of all time of day but the blooms never open with a flower they just make seeds. Why is that?
Baffled completely,
Arlene

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

your just missing the blooms....couldn't make seed without them

Richmond Hill, GA

That's what I thought too. It became an obsession with me. I went out everyday, all times of the day. Hate to admit I even went out with a flashlight thinking it was some weird night bloomer or early morning bloomer. I'm telling you each plant had several flower stems and then went straight to seed pods. Not one bloom! I even had a friend look with me. Her answer was to rip them out. I left a few over the winter to see what happens this year. I'm still checking on them. So far no stems but I'll keep you posted.
Arlene

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

Ah,ya can't rip them out...the foliage is so pretty.

I have one a friend gave me she just called "Magenta" that I can't catch the blooms on....lots of seed pods but I've never seen a bloom and it's killin' me because I want to see thsi magenta color.

P

Richmond Hill, GA

Well patience's pays off. My little left over guys are blooming their heads off. Finally some blooms.
Arlene

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Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

YAY!

Stamford, CT(Zone 6b)

What a nice plant. The variegated leaves are very interesting, but a shape different from what I know. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Ann Arbor, MI

Glad I came across this thread. I've run into the same issue -- seedpods, no flowers that I've seen (yet). Hope is still alive! -Jan

Richmond Hill, GA

Jan, It took 2 years for the blooms to appear and they self seed like crazy. You will have tons of volunteers next year.
Arlene

Litchfield, NH(Zone 5b)

Actually, violas can produce viable seed without producing flowers. Not exactly sure how they manage that but they do.

New York, NY(Zone 7a)

A lot of species violets produce viable seed from closed, self-fertilizing flowers, often hidden underground. When I dig out a clump of Viola sororia rhizomes, they're often surrounded by little blanched stems with pods of seed. Showy hybrid violas don't seem to do this as much, perhaps because self-fertilizing flowers don't hybridize, though they can produce sports. To get those amazing new colors and combinations, though, takes flowers that can be crossed.

The ones that produce closed, hidden flowers seem to make zillions of them, and some years may not make any showy flowers. I'm glad 'Fuji Dawn' came through for you eventually.

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