Johnny Jump Up aka Helen Mount Viola
Helen Mount Viola
days to maturity: 60 - 70 Days
plant spacing: 4 plants per square foot
sunlight requirement: 8-14 hours
look out for: aphids
harvest notes: harvest daily and deadhead to keep flower production up
Pansies & violas can have a mild, fresh flavor or a more prominent wintergreen taste, depending on the variety and on how much of the flower you eat (a whole flower tastes stronger then the petals alone). Even though you can sometimes find pansy plants at Home Depot we suggest you eat only pansies that are grown organically, without chemical pesticides. Use the pansies to garnish cocktails, soups, and desserts. One reason why we love pansies in the garden so much is because there are so many colorful varieties to choose from. Like most other flowering annuals pansies prefer full sun and need lots of water. To encourage continued flowering harvest flowers often. Once a flowering plant is allowed to make seed it will produce much less flowers, so don't be scared of picking precious flowers, as you will be rewarded with more of them!