||Things to watch for.
||The plants do not need much water now. Do not neglect
giving some fresh air, even though the weather is cold.
||Violets will stand some frost, but 45 degrees
temperature is best. If Violets are not blooming much now, do not try
to force them, as you will be sacrificing blooms that you will need
||Water Violets after the flowers are picked. Keep in mind
that the freshest Violets bring the highest prices. There is a
temptation just now to hold your flowers on the plants for St.
||The houses should be picked over at least once a week
now as the Spring weather will bring on quantities of flowers.
||A light shade should be applied when the sun gets warm.
Use plenty of moist paper on the bunches of Violets to keep them
||As the weather grows warmer give plenty of ventilation.
Do not attempt to hold your flowers on the plants too long for Easter.
Now is the time to get in some sand for the cuttings.
||Right after the last picking of Violets, a start should
be made to select the best cuttings or divisions. Just because you are
busy with other things during the Spring, don't neglect the Violets,
as they are plants that must have attention when they need it.
||After the Violet plants have been removed, give houses
or frames a thorough house-cleaning. Keep your cuttings in a house
where heat can be applied during cool nights and sunless days.
||Soil should be available for putting in houses now.
Watch the cuttings carefully at this time. The conditions of water,
air and heat are all of equal importance.
||Soil in houses should be spaded several times. Use
plenty of well-rotted horse manure.
||When planting out young plants watch for signs of
"black" on the plants. When planting Violets do not allow
the roots to be long exposed to the sun or wind.
||Violets should be sprayed frequently during the hot
weather. It is a good time to consider now the matter of your fuel
supply for the coming season.
||A good time now to be building any new frames or houses
needed. Don't forget to watch for signs of red spider. Constant
syringing will keep them down.
||The soil around the Violets should be kept free from
weeds and loosened up. The old cutting leaves may be removed from the
||From now until cold weather keep on the alert for signs
of "spot". Now is a good time to take your vacation, before
the plants need much trimming. If you go away, make arrangements to
have someone look after the plants daily.
||If you want to try new varieties of Violets secure new
plants now. Runners may be pulled from the plants now. All the plants
should show good, healthy growth now. If they don't, pull them out.
||Violets do not require so much moisture now. Shade
should gradually be removed. Green flies soon get the upper hand. Be
ready with fumigants.
||Now is a good time to get some soil ready for next
Spring. Look ahead now to your needs int he line of boxes, wax paper,
etc. It pays to advertise.
||All the shade should be removed from the glass the last
of this month. Give plants final cleaning up and pick off blasted
buds. The neatest and best looking bunches of Violets bring the
highest prices. Be sure that yours are put up carefully.
||If Violets are in frames see about securing protection.
The plants may be mulched now with pulverized manure. The Violets
should now be sizeable enough to permit bunching. Now is a good time
to be looking around for steady customers for your Violets.
||Don't spray large Violets plants at this season, as it
may cause "rot." Now is the time of year to secure your
needed Winter supply of the small Galax leaves to be used in backing
the bunches of Violets.
||During the Winter is a good time to secure manure. Watch
out for cold weather, but don't run the Violets too warm. Pack Violets
carefully to prevent bruising.
||Keep your houses clean. It is not wise to fumigate
Violets when they are in crop. Plan to do it after the Christmas
flowers are picked. Line your shipping boxes with plenty of paper from
now on. Don't ask too high prices for Christmas. Remember that uniform
prices pay int he long run, and prices that are too high drive
possible customers to the use of other flowers.