There are dozens and dozens of opportunities for you to make money at home, 

if you will but use the talents that you have. Sit down tonight before you go to bed, 

and think over your own gifts, and how you can use them to build up 

a fine bank account which you can call your very own.

 

 

Violet Culture (1920)

Two sisters who had long taught school, were left a small piece of property just at a time when they felt the need of retiring from school. The land was just outside of a small city which was s very active socially.

The sisters decided to attempt raising violets. They procured books on the subject. One of them went for a season as the assistant of a practical greenhouse man, and the other took a short summer course in a school of flori-culture. They did this because they felt they had no money to waste in experiment and failure.

They were soon nicely established in business and were successful in raising such a splendid variety of lovely and fragrant violets, that they had an outlet for all they could produce, among regular city florists who were their customers.

Picking and Marketing by George Saltford, the violet specialist (1902)

The market demands today violets with long strong stems, color a rich, deep purple, with full bloom petals, large and heavy, very small, white centre fragrance penetrating, and foliage large, deep green.

One or two hundred of such violets in a bunch make a superb corsage bouquet, although fifty to the bunch is the popular number. With regard to selling, the days for making contracts for entire crops are past, and perhaps it is as well, for the contracts are seldom carried out, owing to the quality getting below the standard, or the market going against one of the parties concerned.

The commission on merchant has come to stay, and the violet grower cannot succeed without him. Violets are shipped in boxes lined with wax tissue paper, packed snugly together, one layer to the box. We were visited by a celebrated grower some years ago and asked what we did with the violets when bunched. Said he: "I first throw mine in a cistern and let them stay overnight in the water. They are nice and stiff when I take them out in the morning." 

That we should consider suicidal in these days, as water destroys the bloom as well as the perfume. We n ow use zinc pans, five inches deep, two feet wide and four or five feet long, filled with water. A frame of wire netting, three inch mesh, is placed over the pans and the bunched violets, fringed with their own leaves, are placed in the holes to await the packer.

Thus it will be seen that it is of the utmost importance to bunch your violets well before sending them to market and tied with very small blue or purple cotton cord , and the quicker they reach the buyer the better it will be for all concerned on account of having them arrive in a fresh and fragrant condition. A violet having no sweetness is not wanted at any price.

The author could cite case after case where the foreclosure of a mortgage on property was imminent, where by building a small green-house and drowning violets, his property was redeemed and his credit was again first-class.

In fact, we know of no better way to make money on a small place than by growing violets, and the reader may rest assured that if he grows them good his flowers will be sought for by dealers from far and near, and he will be a prosperous citizen.

When you can grow plants well you can grow plants as easily and with much less expense. Finally, all that is needed is good common sense, a small piece of land, a very small capital and a willingness to work faithfully at a very pleasant occupation.

Varieties: Marie Louise, the best double blue—this queen of violets holds her own still in the front rank of the violet family, fearing no rival and apparently conscious of the fact that clothed in her royal robe of purple all visitors will pay homage to her.

Oh the flowers look upward in every place,

Through this beautiful world of ours,

And dear as a smile on an old man’s face

Is the smile of the sweet blue flowers.