Viola Oderata Royal Robe & Viola Cucullata Freckles in San Diego
Looking for guidance.
I have planted v. odorata & v. cucullata in March of 02. After 2 years, I have 2 blooms on the odorata located east of a 5 foot stucco wall. A second odorata that receives sun until about 4 pm looks shaggy and beaten down. cucullata is east of the stucco wall also and has done nothing.
I do not fertilize heavily as it is my understanding that this will only cause fast and furious foliage (not flowers)?? Is that right? When I do fertilize I use granular GroPower. This summer I plan to foliar feed. I read an article in California Gardener about violets that have "stuck" in the Whalen Garden in Old Town on the East side of the house. I do not recall ever seeing the violets.
Any ideas? Or should I give up and send these violas back East to gardens of my childhood?
I used to pick them out of the grass and garden and make nosegays on Mother's Day. They were invasive and I loved it.