This is perhaps the easiest way to increase your stock of your favourite named violas and also in some cases pansies .
Just knock the plant out of its pot or the ground in late summer and search for these rooted slips.
Note :-It is not however a “true “ cutting,
The viola is “tufted” shoot and root wise.
The pansy has fewer main stems , but this photo is of a Fancy Pansy rooted slip, which shows how simple the process can be .
The Fancy Pansy could be described as a short lived perennial, and after some time root rots will surely cause the demise of most.
I have l got a reasonably healthy Fancy Pansy stock plant, taken from a cutting in 2008, in its original pot. Which is why it seems immune to soil borne pathogens.
Each spring ,and autumn I top it up with fresh, commercial compost.
It is also sprayed at times with an anti fungus product.