Hi all -
I have several varieties of pansies and violas that I've grown from seed and they are looking nice and robust - no blooms yet, but they are getting bigger and bushy and I need to make room under my lights for more seeds, LOL. I need to get the suckers outside as soon as it's safe. I live in Chicago, zone 5B. Can you plant them out while there is still a threat of frost? I just don't think I can wait until May 15th. Thanks!
When is it safe to set out violas?
Hi all -
we grow them outside all winter here, where they get frozen and snow on them etc and they are fine. Frosts won't hurt them at all. I would take them out a few days before you think a frost is going to happen though, so they can acclimate some, but either way they will be fine.
Annebrent and tigerlily,
I just bought some Violas for the first time today. ["Sorbet coconut swirl"] They were so eyecatching, I had to. I didn't even have a place in mind for them at the time. Any ideas on where they look good other than a pot ?
I usually put them in the ground, in a established flower bed, but regardless-for you, in your zone, they are not going to last very long-maybe a few months because of the heat. Pansies/violas do much better in cooler temps. So be sure to put them where they will get some shade and that will help them some-but they are going to stretch/bolt when the heat comes. You would be better off to buy them in Oct to plant for the winter. I love Coconut Swirl too-one of my favorites-its what we call a "bleeder" as the colors bleed into one another as opposed to sharp lines between the colors.
Thanks Tigerlily -
I am planning on hardening them off in a couple of weeks when they are a tad bigger and then setting them out. Wish me luck! Lynda_45, would love to see a pic of your sorbet coconut swirls once you decided where you're going to put them!
Sure thing Annebrent. Here is where I put some in a pot with a daisy. It probably wasn't a good idea, since the daisy is such a sun lover, but we'll see.Right now, the colors were so pretty together,I couldn't resist.Actually, My sorbet doesn't show so well in this. I'll take more when I get the others planted somewhere else.
annebrent I'll start hardening mine up next week and plant them in the ground/containers by mid May. I would start now but we're having a cold snap.They are the first things out of the greenhouse for me.