How to Grow Morning Glory Plants
Annual, Ipomoea purpurea
This speedy climber is the ultimate in old-fashioned charm! Depending upon
variety, vines grow up to 20 feet in a season. Morning Glories have dark,
heart-shaped leaves and produce breath-taking trumpet flowers up to 3 inches
The big, fragrant Morning Glory flowers unfurl to greet the morning sun,
then close up in the afternoon. Colors include white, red, pink, purple,
blue, and bicolors. Give your Morning Glory plant something to climb up.
They will entwine themselves around obstacles. They are perfect grown on
a fence, lamp post or trellis.
Did you know? The Morning Glory family includes Moonflowers that only
bloom at night.
Plant Height: 8' - 20'
Popular Varieties: Clark's Heavenly Blue, Choice Picotee(blue and
red), Grandpa Ott, Blues Brothers, Flying Saucers, Early Call.
More about Morning Glory varieties
Morning Glory are grown from seeds. The seed coat is thick. Nick Morning
Glory seeds, or soak it in warm water for a couple of hours, to soften it.
This will increase germination rates, and speed the time to germinate the
Sow Morning Glory seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with 1/4"
of soil. Water thoroughly once. Thin or space plants to a final distance
of 6" apart. They will tolerate a little crowding, if there is ample supports
for their vines to spread up and out.
Tip: Seeds have a very hard coat. Nick seeds. or soak overnight to
improve germination rate.
Days to Germination: 5 - 10
How to Grow Morning Glory Plants:
Growing Morning Glories is easy. Morning Glory plants like full sun. Add
a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after
Once your Morning Glories 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. Mulch around them to keep weeds down and
Morning Glory are half hardy annuals. They will often survive the first frost,
especially if grown along the house or other buildings. They will not survive
a hard frost or freeze.
Flowers Bloom: Summer through Fall
Insect and Disease:
Morning glories have few problems with insects and disease. If insect or
disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents
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