Johnny Jump Up Flowers: Growing A Johnny Jump Up Violet
The name “Johnnie” is derived from the nickname given to John Cusack’s character in the movie “Old School”. You may have heard it referred to as “Jock Jivin'” or even just “jumping up.”
In fact, there are many variations of this common name. Some call them “jumpers,” while others refer to them as jumbo flowers.
There are also those who call them “jumpies,” which sounds like something out of a children’s book. But, they’re not really called that at all! They’re simply called “jumps.”
These plants come in several colors and patterns. The most popular color is white with yellow spots (or stripes).
Other colors include red, pink, purple, blue and green. Most varieties will grow in full sun or partial shade depending upon your location.
A few varieties are hardy to zone 5. These include the classic variety, the jimmy jump up, and the super jumper.
If you want to start growing these plants right away, then choose one of the most popular varieties such as the white jimmies or super jumps. If you don’t mind waiting until spring or summer when temperatures are warmer, then go ahead and plant some of these in your garden now!
They’ll be ready for harvest next year too!
A popular way to start any new plant is by seed. This is true for the jimmy jump up as well.
Other ways to grow these little flowers is from an existing plant or roots. These plants grow naturally in certain parts of the U.S.
and can be dug up and replanted in your yard. It’s important to dig them up in the fall before the first frost hits your area, though! They will not survive in freezing temperatures.
You can also buy a plant that’s already growing in a pot at many nurseries and home improvement stores. It may be helpful to grow these from root or stem cuttings.
Regardless of which way you choose, the best time to dig these up is in the fall. After the first frost hits your area, you can begin preparing the bed where you’re going to plant them.
If you’re starting from seeds, you can plant them right away in some sterile soilless mix. Keep the plants indoors near a sunny window until the weather is warm enough to move them outdoors.
If you’re starting with an existing plant, then dig a hole about twice the size of the root mass. Remove the plant from the pot it’s in and separate the roots as best you can.
Place it in the hole, lightly cover it with soil and water it well.
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