10 Violas Contained

On Feb 4, I took the day off to tag along with Megan, Plant Market Day Trip.  Part of that day, we put together 10 Viola cvv terracotta container pots which were destined for a house staging over in the Twin Peaks Neighborhood.  Since I was off the clock, I snapped some photos of our progress.

First Steps, mix soil, moss, and plug bottom.

First Steps, mix soil, moss, and plug bottom.

STEPS: We had a potting soil mix on hand that needed better drainage.  We added 3 parts standard potting mix with 1 part Perlite.  Next place moss over drain hole.  We did not have any screen (Megan forgot it), but did have some decorative moss which would work fine.

Fill soil mix 1/3 of container, plant 3 Violas, back fill soil securing plants in place.

Fill soil mix 1/3 of container, plant 3 Violas, back fill soil securing plants in place.

STEPS: Fill the pots with soil mix so that the heights of the transplants are slightly lower than the top of the container.  Place transplants into container and back fill with soil mix.  As you back fill, you can secure the plants in to place.  Using odd numbers of plants give more of a natural look.  In this case, I used 3 (2 of one color, and 1 of the other color).

Finished planted containers.

Finished planted containers.

The containers are complete.  They are a little sparse, but they will fill in within a week or two.  Here are nine…one more to go.

Nine planted, one more to go.

Nine planted…one more to go.

The house on Romain St. is now on the market.  They look cute on the stairs on the 2nd level of the house.

Megan took a photo with her iPhone after placing them at the staging.

Megan took a photo with her iPhone after placing them at the staging.

STATS on Viola:

Viola.  (The tag did not indicate which species, and I would guess Viola odorata).

Ht 4-6″, Sp 6-8″.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Compact mounds of colorful, dainty flowers.  USES: Wonderful for borders, beds, window boxes and containers.  CARE: Best in fertile, well-drained soil kept evenly moist.

– Matti and Megan Far Out Flora

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