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
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
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
More Gardening Information:
Also see Violas.