Rebecca- A violetta

Nothing remarkable BUT this is the THIRD time following a Chelsea chop or equivalent that this plant has produced a fresh flush of new blooms.

Each stem is in flower for about three weeks, then they are deadheaded and tops OF STEMS are cut/pinched back to a lower level in order to encourage another flush of blooms, perhaps not as many as the first or second but still good value for the eye to enjoy.

The blooms when fully open, are scented as well so ideal for a window box or high container to be able to get your nose right up to the blooms and breathe in the delicate fragrance which typifies this type of viola.

Unless a plant sold as a violetta has a β€œ distinct sweet β€œ perfume then it cannot be judged to be a true violetta according to horticultural definition .It is should compact with blooms held on study upright stalks. (the attachments clearly illustrate this point)

Only a few separate colours exist and sadly most suppliers of plants do not specify the distinction in their lists for sale, most keep them in the bedder section, which I feel is a pity as I think once the general public realised how delightful these plants ,are and just how easy to grow and divide each year they would become far more popular.

These are from division of plants that I first obtained in 2007.

I divide each September, and then just plant these divisions in a fairly sheltered position in the garden spray a few times to prevent infestations of aphids and just let them get on with it.

Our Annual show has special classes for these cultivars shown in pots or vases. This is the ideal place to visit see and choose the ones you like best.

There is a special class for Rebecca with a trophy at the annual show given to remember the memory of Pauline Leigh who was a stalwart member for a large number of years, her two sons are still current members, having been with the Society for a large number of years.


2 thoughts on “Rebecca- A violetta

  1. I have deadheaded Rebecca but have not done any cutting back of the plant at all, and it has been in bloom since early May without cease. I will have photos shortly – today my gardening son helped me fill more tubs with plants, which I removed from tubs they were sharing with others. I hope to have a large tub with one of each variety therein from now on. This is because a couple of sharing plants got downy mildew, and Graham sent me some information which mentioned overcrowding as a factor with this complaint.

    I am not mobile, so need a deal of help with my violas, and have to grow them in tubs for that reason too.

    Incidentally, one of my sons experimentally used a spray of half a teaspoon of Nizoral (the human dandruff remedy) in a two-litre spray bottle of warm water, on the two plants with the mildew, and this seems to have effected a cure. There are only a few white marks on the foliage of one plant now, in its new home, and the other, Mrs. Lancaster, seems totally clear. Time will tell, fingers crossed πŸ™‚

    I am really enjoying this site, many thanks, Graham, for providing it.

  2. |A great plant, everyone should have one, makes the growing easy and blooms away happily with an occasional spray and deadhead

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