Tips for Growing Pansy (Viola)
Days to Germinate: 14 to 21
Germination Temperature: 16 to 24 °C
Sowing Media / Soil Type: Well drained
Sowing Depth: 1/16 in.
Sowing Method: Direct sow, transplant recommended
Water: Moderately depending upon the soil and climatic conditions – keep the soil moist but not too wet
Notes: Needs total darkness to germinate, do not sow seed where it can receive light. Germination can be slow or erratic – do not be hasty in discarding the sowing pots. The seeds should be sown on the surface of the compost and not covered. The compost should be quite moist and we would recommend that you cover the seed container with a piece of dark glass or black plastic and leave in a temperature of approximately 18 to 24 °C in a position which receives no light. Once some of the seeds have germinated air should be admitted gradually otherwise the seedlings may damp off. Alternatively the seeds can be sown on to moist blotting paper or kitchen towel placed in a saucer. Cover with a black cover and place in a dark place. Keep the blotting paper wet at all times and when the tiny seedlings are large enough to handle prick out into small pots. The plants are best in full sun unless temperature exceeds 32 °C, in which case give them partial shade. They require rich, moist soil. Old-fashioned bedding plant thrives in cool moist conditions. Likes partial sun. Small seeds.