This favorite, sweet-scented Winter and early-Spring flower is grown by everyone who cultivates a garden whether in a twenty-five foot lot or in grounds of many acres. In the cooler portions of the State it thrives well in open, sunny situations, while in the hotter and dryer sections it grows best in shaded spots or in a situation facing the North. The Violet prefers soil of a light loamy nature well-enriched with plenty of old manure.
Propagation is by runners taken off the old plants about the first of March. After the ground is spaded and leveled, it should be raked fine and the young shoots planted from six to twelve inches apart, the strong growers (such as the California, Princess of Wales, etc.) twelve inches apart, and the Neapolitan, Marie Louise, etc., six inches apart. Should the weather be dry, the young plants should be given a thorough watering; about the beginning of June give the surface of the ground a mulching of old manure an inch deep, and water frequently, not allowing the ground to get dry at any time during the growing season.
The operation of replanting should be attended to each Spring as the old plants get worn out and weak if left in the same ground two or more years.