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How to Grow Johnny Jump Up Flowers


Perennial, Viola Tricolor

Johnny Jump Ups are an "old fashioned" Viola. This perennial plant is often grown as an annual, especially in northern parts of the country.

Native to Spain and the Pyrennes Mountains, Johnny Jump Ups are easy to grow. It is common to see them growing wild in fields, and along roadways.

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

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.

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Plant Propagation:

Johnny Jump Ups are grown from seeds. The plants like full to partial shade. Johnny Jump Up can be directly seeded into your flower garden, or seeded indoors for transplanting later. For spring blooms, 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.

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How to Grow Johnny Jump Up:

Johnny Jump Up grow best in cool to warm climates. They wilt 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.

Established Johnny Jump Up plants will 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.

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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.

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