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Care of the plant Viola x wittrockiana or Pansy.

Care of the plant Viola x wittrockiana or Pansy

The genus Viola, family Violaceae, includes more than 500 species of herbaceous plants, mostly from the Northern Hemisphere. Some species and hybrids are: Viola x wittrockiana, Viola reichenbachiana, Viola odorata, Viola biflora, Viola pedunculata, Viola bicolor, Viola tricolor, Viola sororia.

Common names: Pansy, Lady's Delight, Garden Pansy, Viola, Violet. It's a hybrid between Viola tricolor and the Viola altaica and Viola lutea species.

They are annual herbaceous plants with erect stems that reach 30 cm in height. The leaves are oblong and fleshy. The very showy flowers are large (up to 10 cm in diameter) and can be of a wide variety of colors: yellow, purple, lilac, pink, maroon, etc. They bloom spring and summer.

They are used in flower beds, borders and in pots for balconies, windows, patios and terraces.

Viola x wittrockiana grows in full sun and light shade exposures. They resist occasional and light frosts.

The soil can be normal, well-drained garden soil that contains organic matter.

Water regularly so that the substrate never gets completely dry (never water). Reduce watering in winter.

Fertilize with compost at the time of planting.

They do not need pruning; plants are uprooted after flowering.

They are quite resistant plants to pests and diseases but are sometimes attacked by aphids especially if they suffer from drought.

They are propagated from seeds sown in late summer in the seedbed and planted in their final location in late fall or early spring.

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Viola x wittrockiana
Viola x wittrockiana
Viola x wittrockiana
Viola x wittrockiana