On a previous page reference was made to the old custom of growing Pansies in pots in frames. To those who wish to get a great amount of beauty and pleasure with comparatively little trouble, the growing of Pansies or Violas - especially the latter - for spring blooming in a cool greenhouse or conservatory is strongly recommended. In the month of October, healthy, young plants which have been propagated from summer cuttings, should be potted in a compost of good loam and leaf-mould, with a little coarse sand to keep the mixture sweet. Single plants may be put into four-inch pots, but a better effect is obtained by putting three plants into a five-inch pot. They should be grown in a cold frame through the winter, admitting air almost continuously, as success depends largely on keeping the plants dwarf and stubby. During severe frost mats should be placed over the frame to prevent, if possible, the soil and roots getting frozen. Very little water will be required, especially if the pots are plunged in ashes or fibre. Towards the end of January, remove the pots to a cool greenhouse or conservatory, where they will soon commence to bloom, and yield charming flowers through March and April. Any of the named Pansies and Violas are suitable for treatment in this way, but Violas with clear self colours are always most appreciated, and they give the best results.
Plate 4. Four Fancy Violas
Louie Granger. Kate Houston.
Mrs. Chichester. Duke of Argyle.