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Viola plants

I purchased some spring/summer flowering viola plug plants online, they arrived within 24 hours of being shipped but the leaves look this really strange tinge of black/purple, they were completely root bound. I think purple leaves are a sign of phosphorous deficiency? but I’m unsure about the black, the company said they are fine but I’m not so optimistic. I have repotted them but they just look terrible to me, I wouldn’t have chosen these from a garden centre so it’s disappointing to receive them from a company that sells plug plants, I doubt this would have developed in the 24 hours of being shipped, I also noticed some spots on the leaves.

Do you think they will survive? they do look quite stunted. 


  • Anyone?
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,945
    No problems with those, just pick of the offending leaves, plant them out,  they grow so fast they’ll make new ones and they should be perfect. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,672
    Yes, l think as soon as you have them in some fresh compost  they will pick up. I would take off the worst of the dark leaves to let light in. Just keep an eye on any spots forming just in case
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