Violet Kit with Pot - Will It Work?
April 20, 2017 by
My son came home with a plant in a cup he put together in school. Just a bit of water in the cup since it would spill during the commute. When my son came off the school bus, I smiled seeing him rush to the car excited to show off the plant in his hand. But, once he was in the car and no longer holding the stem up, I realized his plant was broken.
In an attempt to save his plant, it took a stake (in our case, a bamboo skewer) and some tape. It's been a few days now and the plant is doing well.
His plant reminded me of the plant kit my aunt gave him during our last trip to NY. It's been sitting in my office, today was the perfect day to try it out. Will violets actually grow from this kit? Your guess is as good as mine.
I was just as eager to plant this, since I haven't frequented my garden since I was whipped by a garden snake. I miss my backyard and surrendered it to the landscapers. But, now that my yard isn't surrounded by bush from lots next door, I think I will be back to gardening this Spring. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy this possible treasure of a violet kit.
The steps were simple.
1. Add vermiculite.
5. Transplant (if desired).
I never planted with vermiculite before, but it's beautiful. Bits of it shines like gold flakes.
I had know idea what it was so I Googled it. On gardeningknowhow.com, I learned that "Vermiculite added to the garden or vermiculite in potting soil increases water and nutrient retention and aerates the soil, resulting in healthier, more robust plants. Perlite may also be found in potting soils, but vermiculite is far superior for water retention. Vermiculite, although less aerating than perlite, is the amendment of choice for water-loving plants.
After watering the soil and adding the seeds, it's time to start the waiting game. The instructions mention a 7 - 21 day germination and blooms up to 90 days away. I will update this post as soon as I see something peaking out of the soil!
UPDATE (6/2/17): DID NOT WORK, so I added it to other plants!!!