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Viola, Amber Kiss

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Bold color and knock-out fragrance!

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Our hands-down favorite for bold color and knock-out fragrance! Flame orange petals are pierced with a whiskered bright yellow center and backed with violet-rose. Many of the 1" flowers twirl open showing double petals. Super tough, fast growers bloom all season.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

8-10 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How to Sow and Plant Viola Flowers

Viola may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost or planted as a potted plant.

Sowing Viola Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 8-12 weeks before the last heavy frost using a seed starting kit. Violas can take a light frost.
  • Sow seeds thinly and evenly in seed starting formula. Cover completely as seeds need darkness to germinate; firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after the heavy frost.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Violas Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow violas in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil in fall in the South.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow thinly and evenly and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days depending on the soil and weather conditions.

How to Direct Sow Perennial Flower Seeds

Planting Violas in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun to part shade with well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant, approximately 12-14 inches apart large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Water well.
  • Keep weeds under control during the viola growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Growing viola perennial flowersPlants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Fall planted plants will bloom until there is a hard frost. They will reappear in spring and may die back in the heat of the following summer.
  • Violas can be cut back in midsummer as they get scraggly, which encourages new growth and re-blooming when cool temperatures return in the fall.
  • Add violas to mixed plantings with low-growing perennials.
  • They are pretty groundcovers, excellent under deciduous trees, and can be used alone or with other plants such as common periwinkle.
  • Use violas anywhere you need an extra touch of color in spring-among other edging plants, with spring bulbs, in containers, and mixed beds and borders.
  • Flowers are edible and can be added to salads or used to garnish plates.
Full Sun, Part Sun
8-10 inches
6 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Flower color
Orange, Yellow
Viola, Amber Kiss is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So disappointed I ordered a packet of these seeds and started them inside. They were very slow to sprout, but I wasn't too concerned. After planting the seedlings in pots outside, I was excited to see the first buds ... and extremely disappointed when the flowers weren't even close to the "flame" color advertised. They're not amber at all; they're just ordinary yellow and lavender violas with no fragrance.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to get started Since I'm in the mountains, naturally, I have to start plants indoors. This is my 4th yr of starting my plants from seeds. I would say I get sprouts 98% of the time. However, these have been difficult. Out of 6 seeds planted, I got 2 sprouts. Those 2 seem to be growing well. I tried another six with no luck. I now have 8 seeds planted.......we'll see. I have my fingers crossed. Not sure what or if I'm doing something wrong.
Date published: 2013-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Germination I'm completely new to gardening, but had perfect germination when sowing indoors with the burpee kit.
Date published: 2013-03-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Still no sprouts I planted these seeds directly in the ground weeks ago, when the weather turned warmer. It's been in the 50s-70s regularly. There isn't a single sprout yet. I can't imagine that I actually have to pre-germinate them. In nature they would have to grow on their own! I didn't even bury them deeply or anything like that- barely pressed into the soil. They're in a partially sunny to sunny spot- I saw some people mentioning planting them in July and having them grow. Can I hope that maybe they'll just sprout when it gets REALLY warm (like, 80s regularly)? I don't have money to waste.....What else can I do?
Date published: 2010-04-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor germination I got one sprout out of about the 30 seeds I planted. I'm an experienced gardener and I grow my own flowers and vegetables from seed every year. This was the first time I tried violas, but I've never had a problem with other seeds germinating. I'm in zone 6 so I start seeds indoors. I might try seeding directly into the ground with the few seeds I have left, when it warms up a bit. But I definitely wont try them indoors again.
Date published: 2009-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from beautiful These didn't turn out exactly the color shown, but they are beautiful anyhow! I'm very impressed, good germination, easy to start indoors, and abundant blooms. Will definately grow these again!
Date published: 2008-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a single sprout from seeds I purchased several packets of these seeds, and not one even sprouted. I am an experienced gardener, and did everything I should have, just no life. I have since purchased live plants of this same viola which arrived topsy-turvy (half were buried in the dirt and I had to sift them out). Two of the plants were too damaged to survive, but the rest are doing well. I'm in zone 10.
Date published: 2008-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from not easy to grow I would recommend this plant to southern gardeners, and northern gardeners with a little more patience. If northern gardeners have a very very sunny spot indoors or lights to grow these plants for spring then that is an option but for northern gardeners like me in zone 6 the best way to grow them is plant them out side in July keep them growing until fall and protect them out side with hay until spring then in early April when they start to grow dig them up, put them into there new spots and let them grow there until June. People in zone 6 should have a good 95% of their plants alive in the spring. This works the same for pansies. The picture on the website isn’t what you get it is more yellow and purple than orange.
Date published: 2007-12-05
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