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Johnny Jump Up Flower Plant

Perennial, Viola Tricolor

Johnny Jump Ups are a popular viola. They are called "old fashioned" favorites. These perennials are often grown as an annual, especially in northern parts of the country.

Johnny Jump Ups are native to Spain and the Pyrennes Mountains. Easy to grow, you may find them growing in the wild in fields, and along the road.

Small plants produce a wealth of dainty, fragrant blooms. Johnny Jump Up blooms are a combination of bright yellow and deep purple. They bloom early in the season.

Johnny Jump Up  plants are popular, easy, and fun to grow. Fill an area or entire bed with Johnny Jump Up for a striking effect! They also are great in windowsills and containers.

Plant Height: 7" - 10"


Johnny Jump Ups are grown from seeds. They like full to partial sun. Johnny Jump Up can be directly seeded into your flower garden or seeded indoors for transplanting later. For spring blooms, you need to start your Johnny Jump Up in pots and containers indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost.

Sow Johnny Jump Up seeds early in the season and cover lightly with 1/8" soil. Water thoroughly once. They germinate slowly. We recommend using a heated germination mat.

Transplant Johnny Jump Up into your garden after the last frost date for your area. Space them 6" apart. They will tolerate a little crowding. If you are creating a flower bed, you may want to create a pattern or color scheme prior to planting. Or, use mixed varieties.

Days to Germination: 14 - 21

How to Grow Johnny Jump Up:

Johnny Jump Up prefer cool to warm climates, and wilt a bit in mid-summer heat. In warmer areas, we recommend partial shade. They tolerate a variety of soils. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.

Once your Johnny Jump Up are established, they should grow well, even if left unattended. Soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Keep them well weeded.

Remove (dead head) spent blooms to promote additional blooms and extend the blooming period. This will also keep the appearance neat and beautiful.

Flowers Bloom: Spring through Fall

Insect and Disease:

Johnny Jump Up seldom have problems with insects and disease. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.

More  Gardening Information:

Also see Violas.


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