How to Plant Johnny Jump Ups

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Johnny jump-ups are a popular wildflower also known as viola tricolors. Grow these sweet, low-growing purple and yellow flowers in virtually every part of the U.S. Johnny jump-ups tolerate either full sun or part shade and grow easily in almost any type of well-draining soil. In cold regions, plant Johnny jump-ups two weeks prior to the last spring frost and plant Johnny jump-ups in the late summer for warm regions.

Step 1

Prepare the growing area by working the soil to break up hard pieces of dirt. Discard any rocks. Add compost to improve the soil drainage, if necessary.

Step 2

Insert your finger into the soil in the desired planting spots to make planting holes. Space the holes 1 inch apart.

Step 3

Place a seed in each hole and cover the seeds with a very thin layer of soil, approximately 1/8-inch thick.

Step 4

Water the seeds well and keep the soil moist during germination.

Step 5

Watch for the seedlings to emerge from the soil in approximately two weeks. When the seedlings are 1/2-inch high, thin them to 4-inch spacing between plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Johnny jump-up seeds
  • Garden spade
  • Compost
  • Water


  • Johnny Jump-Ups
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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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