Johnny Jump Up plants are popular viola. They are called “old-fashioned” favorites. Perennial Johnny Jump Flowers are often grown as an annual, especially in northern parts of the country. The plants are native to Spain and the Pyrennes Mountains. Growing Johnny Jum Up flowers is easy. You may find them growing in the wild in fields and along the road.
Small plants produce a wealth of dainty, fragrant blooms. The first blooms appear early in the season.
Johnny Jump Up plants are popular, easy, and fun to grow. Fill an area or entire bed with them for a striking effect! They also are great in windowsills and containers.
Flowers Bloom: Spring through Fall
Flower Colors: Blue, orange, purple, yellow, and white blooms. And, there are several bicolors, too.
Plant height: 7″ – 10″
Perennial, Viola Tricolor
Johnny Jump Ups are grown from seeds. They like full to partial sun. They 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 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 plants into your garden after the last frost date for your area. Space the plants 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 before planting. Or, use mixed varieties.
Days to Germination: 14 – 21 days.
Johnny Jump Up prefers 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 plants are established, they should grow well, even if left unattended.
The soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Keep them well weeded.
Extend the blooming period, by deadheading, spent blooms. After flowers have died, pinch off the dead flower heads to promote new blooms. Also, deadheading helps to keep a neat and tidy appearance. Of course, if you are going to save seeds for next year, keep a few spent flowers on the plant until the dead bloom has completely dried.
Ideal Soil pH: 5.5 – 7.0.
Plant Problems – Identify the causes and find the cures.
Johnny Jump Up plants can have problems with aphids, spider mites, and slugs. Use insecticides, insect repellents, or slug and snail baits, as appropriate.
Disease problems are infrequent. But, if a disease problem arises, treat it early with fungicide.
Also, Black root rot is a problem in wet and soggy soils.