How to germinate Viola seeds
I want to germinate some viola seeds I bought, but I did not realize how hard it would be. The last time I tried I only got one plant. I have had luck with winter sowing of pansies. I want to know about this have to put them in the refrigerator or freezer. I think a direct sow will create a healthier plant, but if I was to do this whole complex put in frig five days, germinate, move out doors, can someone give me detailed instructions on how these steps work? I am in San Francisco and we are like 50 degrees here right now, and we grow all year, there is no snow, so I don't know if I could chance just planting them outside. And why do they need total darkness to germinate? Obviously they don't because I never would have gotten one plant with the direct outdoor sow. I have a photo of the one plant I did get a few years ago. But, it only produced one flower.
Here is a link that might be useful: Viola I grew from seeds