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Johnny Jump-Ups

Viola tricolor. With their mild, wintergreen-mint flavor, Johnny Jump-Up blossoms are a prized, decorative edible from olden days. Often the crowning ornamental touch on Victorian tea sandwich spreads, these diminutive flowers are also strewn on cheese platters and dessert plate rims, candied for cake garnish or frozen in ice cubes for summer drinks. Start them indoors ten to twelve weeks before the last spring frost date and transplant out. Perennial. Hardiness zones: 4-8. Spring- and summer-flowering. Height: 12". Check out our Edible Flower Garden on our Collections page.

Average seed life: 2 to 3 years.

Johnny Jump-Ups

An heirloom perennial, Johnny Jump-Ups have ¾", violet flowers with yellow and white brushmarks. HZ: 4-8.

One packet of about 400 seeds
Catalog #8800
$3.55
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Gardening Tips

Johnny Jump-Ups Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4”
Seed Spacing:1”
Plant Spacing:5”-8”
Days to Germination:10-20 days
Germination Temperature:70°F

Viola tricolor. This heirloom favorite prefers to be started indoors and transplanted out. Ten to 12 weeks prior to the last hard frost, plant them in a good seed-starting medium at about 70°F. Cover the seeds well and firm them down, since they require darkness for optimal germination. Provide even moisture, strong light and good ventilation. Once established, thin plants to 2" to 3" apart and grow on at about 55°F. Prior to transplanting when 3" tall, acclimate the seedlings by gradually exposing them to outside conditions for 1 to 2 weeks. After the threat of a hard frost has passed, transplant out into fertile, evenly moist but well-draining soil in full to filtered sunlight. Space plants 5" to 8" apart in the garden. Their flowers are prized as candied garnishes, in summer salads or in ice cubes. Spring/summer flowering. Height: 12".

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