Pansy Red - 50 seeds
Viola Tricolor - A short-lived perennial with larger flowers than its cousins above. The plant grows about 8 inches tall and has 2-3 inches flowers that can be single colored or patterned. These are usually grown as annuals. Violas are easy to start from seed.
Growing your own pansies from seeds can be a wonderful, exciting, and educational activity for small children. Ensure you plant them in a pot 6-8 weeks before you plan on moving them to the garden.
Violas are primarily cool season bloomers. They are perfect for starting and ending the season in colder climates and for bridging the seasons in warmer zones, where they can remain in bloom throughout the winter. So when to plant violas will depend on your climate.
Start seed about 4 - 6 weeks before transplanting. Violas can withstand some freezing temperatures, so cold climate gardeners can pick a transplant date that is about 4 weeks before your last expected frost date. Warm climate gardeners transplanting in the fall should start their seeds in mid-summer.
Weather permitting, you can start viola seed directly in the garden. Good well-draining soil with organic matter is recommended. Loosen the soil in the planting area and moisten. Cover with about 1/4 soil and water well. Keep the seed bed moist. As seedlings develop, thin plants to about 6-8 inches apart. Transplant excess seedlings.